Russians suspected in hack of New York
Times, other U.S. media: CNN
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[August 24, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI and
other U.S. security agencies are investigating cyber breaches targeting
reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations that
are thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian
intelligence, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed U.S. officials.
"Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind
the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as
part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic
Party organizations, the officials said," CNN said.
Reuters could not immediately confirm the report. The FBI declined to
comment, and representatives for the U.S. Secret Service, which has a
role in protecting the country from cyber crime, did not immediately
reply to a request for comment.
The intrusions were detected in recent months, according to CNN. Citing
the U.S. officials, it said the Times had hired private security
investigators to work with national security officials in assessing the
Representatives for the Times could not be immediately reached for
News of the cyber attack comes amid a wave of similar attacks targeting
major U.S. political parties that have surfaced in recent weeks ahead of
the Nov. 8 presidential election.
The Democratic National Committee, Democratic presidential candidate
Hillary Clinton's campaign and the party's congressional fundraising
committee have all been affected.
Hackers have also targeted the computer systems of Republican
presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Party organizations,
sources have told Reuters.
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The sun peaks over the New York Times Building in New York August
14, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
If confirmed, the breach at the Times would not be the first time
foreign hackers infiltrated a news organization: media are
frequently targeted in an order to glean insights into U.S. policies
or to spy on journalists.
In 2013, a group of hackers known as the Syrian Electronic Army also
attacked Times and other media outlets. Chinese attackers also
infiltrated the Times that year.
(Reporting by Dustin Volz, John Walcott and Mohammad Zargham in
Washington, and Jessica Toonkel in New York; Writing by Susan
Heavey; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Frances Kerry)
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