Russian spies believed hacked DNC networks to glean research info on Trump

The Japan Times

WASHINBGTON – Sophisticated hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the Democratic National Committee's computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats and opposition research on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, sources said Tuesday. CrowdStrike Inc., a cybersecurity firm, said the DNC asked it to investigate a suspected breach of its systems that began as early as last summer. CrowdStrike said it quickly found traces of two of the best adversaries in the hacking arena, both tied to the Russian government. The newly revealed attacks join a host of high-profile digital breaches affecting current and past White House hopefuls, underscoring vulnerabilities in digital networks that increasingly hold sensitive data about political candidates, their opponents and their donors. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the incident serious and said the committee moved quickly to "kick out the intruders and secure our network."


Arrest of top Chinese intelligence officer sparks fears of new Chinese hacking efforts

ZDNet

Top figures in the infosec industry fear that the recent arrest of a top Chinese intelligence officer will spark an increase in cyber-attacks from Chinese hacking groups in the coming months. These fears were expressed today after the US Department of Justice announced the arrest and extradition of Yanjun Xu, a high-ranking director in China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), the country's counter-intelligence and foreign intelligence agency. Xu was not arrested on hacking charges, but for attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets after trying to recruit several insiders from multiple US aviation and aerospace companies. But reports from US cyber-security firm Recorded Future, and from shadowy group Intrusion Truth, have pegged the MSS as the Chinese agency in control of China's cyber-espionage operations. "Currently, the Ministry of State Security (MSS) is the primary government agency engaged in the majority of cyber attacks with Chinese-government nexus, and CrowdStrike has observed multiple intrusions demonstrating their sophisticated tradecraft," Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and CTO of US cyber-intelligence firm CrowdStrike, told ZDNet today.


They've got your money and your data. Now hackers are coming to destroy your trust

ZDNet

While cyber-attacks focusing on stealing email or other data are still very much part of the threat landscape, some of the most advanced hacking operations are focusing on grander goals. Some of these groups -- almost all nation-state backed -- are turning their attention to critical infrastructure including utilities firms and power plants, while others are attempting to manipulate public attitudes and even elections through the use of fake news and other social media propaganda. "It's not so much an attack on critical infrastructure, but rather an attack on the confidence and psychology of a nation," said Chris Inglis, former deputy director of the National Security Agency, speaking at World Cyber Security Congress event in London. Attacking critical infrastructure and spreading disinformation is a powerful combination: after all, the reason that governments exist is to make sure the citizens of a country remain safe. Such tactics have been tried out in Ukraine over the last few years.


Democratic Party's computers breached by Russian hackers

PBS NewsHour

WASHINGTON -- Sophisticated hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the Democratic National Committee's computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats and opposition research on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, people familiar with the breach said Tuesday. The firm, CrowdStrike Inc., said the DNC asked it to investigate a suspected breach of its systems, which began as early as last summer. CrowdStrike said it quickly found traces of two of the best adversaries in the hacking arena, both tied to the Russian government. The newly revealed attacks join a host of high-profile digital breaches affecting current and past White House hopefuls, underscoring vulnerabilities in digital networks that increasingly hold sensitive data about political candidates, their opponents and their donors. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the incident serious and said the committee moved quickly to "kick out the intruders and secure our network."


Democratic Party's computers breached by Russian hackers

Associated Press

Sophisticated hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the Democratic National Committee's computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats and opposition research on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, people familiar with the breach said Tuesday. But an individual knowledgeable of the breach said at least one year's worth of detailed chats, emails and opposition research on Trump were stolen. CrowdStrike said one of the hacking groups identified in the DNC attack, dubbed Cozy Bear, had previously infiltrated unclassified networks at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike's co-founder and chief technology officer, said the hackers specifically targeted the DNC's research department and obtained opposition documents prepared about Trump.