CNN is reporting that the FBI and other security agencies are looking recent breaches of the NYT system, possibly looking for communications and unpublished works.
The Russians may be at it again, or at least that is what CNN is saying (and late in the afternoon the NYT confirmed).
CNN today reported that the FBI and other security agencies are looking into hacks targeting reporters at The New York Times and other news organizations.
“Like most news organizations we are vigilant about guarding against attempts to hack into our systems,” said New York Times Co. spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told CNN. “There are a variety of approaches we take up to and including working with outside investigators and law enforcement. We won’t comment on any specific attempt to gain unauthorized access to The Times.”
In fact, a NYT reporter, Nicole Perlroth, later refuted the report, but then she teamed up with David E. Sanger to write that there had, in fact, been an attack.
“The New York Times’s Moscow bureau was the target of an attempted cyberattack this month. But so far, there is no evidence that the hackers, believed to be Russian, were successful,” the NYT reporters said.
Russian hackers have been accused of being behind the hack of Democratic National Committee emails, and working with WikiLeaks to publish the hacked emails and undermine the election of Hillary Clinton in support of her opponent Donald Trump. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made it clear that he is no fan of the former Secretary of State.
“I have had years of experience in dealing with Hillary Clinton and have read thousands of her cables,” Assange recently said. “Hillary lacks judgement and will push the United States into endless, stupid wars which spread terrorism. Her personality combined with her poor policy decisions have directly contributed to the rise of ISIS.
“She’s a war hawk with bad judgement who gets an unseemly emotional rush out of killing people,” Assange said.
Released Clinton emails showed that Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel had sent an advanced copy of his story to the DNC saying “per agreement … any thoughts appreciated,” forcing the website to later apologize.
It may be that Russian hackers were looking for direct links between reporters and the press… and they would find them since reporters routinely communicate with the campaigns, both of them.
“News organizations are considered top targets because they can yield valuable intelligence on reporter contacts in the government, as well as communications and unpublished works with sensitive information, US government officials believe,” wrote Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz of CNN.