Democrats Claim Russian Hackers Stole Their Anti-Trump Research

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Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, but as The Washington Post reports, the intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system they also were able to read all e-mail and chat traffic.

As The Washington Post reports, some of the hackers had access to the DNC network for about a year, but all were expelled over the past weekend in a major computer clean-up campaign, the committee officials and experts said.

The DNC said that no financial, donor or personal information appears to have been accessed or taken, suggesting that the breach was traditional espionage, not the work of criminal hackers.




“It’s the job of every foreign intelligence service to collect intelligence against their adversaries,” said Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike, the cyber firm called in to handle the DNC breach and a former head of the FBI’s cyber division. He noted that it is extremely difficult for a civilian organization to protect itself from a skilled and determined state such as Russia.


“We’re perceived as an adversary of Russia,” he said. “Their job when they wake up every day is to gather intelligence against the policies, practices and strategies of the U.S. government. There are a variety of ways. [Hacking] is one of the more valuable because it gives you a treasure trove of information.”


Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken favorably about Trump who has called for better relations with Russia and expressed skepticism about NATO. But unlike Clinton, whom the Russians probably have long had in their spy sights, Trump has not been a politician for very long, so foreign agencies are playing catch-up, analysts say.


“The purpose of such intelligence gathering is to understand the target’s proclivities,” said Robert Deitz, former senior councillor to the CIA director and a former general counsel at the National Security Agency. “Trump’s foreign investments, for example, would be relevant to understanding how he would deal with countries where he has those investments” should he be elected, Deitz said. “They may provide tips for understanding his style of negotiating. In short, this sort of intelligence could be used by Russia, for example, to indicate where it can get away with foreign adventurism.”


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DNC leaders were tipped to the hack in late April. Chief executive officer Amy Dacey got a call from her operations chief saying that their information technology team had noticed some unusual network activity.

“When we discovered the intrusion, we treated this like the serious incident it is and reached out to CrowdStrike immediately. Our team moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network.”


The firm identified two separate hacker groups, both working for the Russian government, that had infiltrated the network, said Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike co-founder and chief technology officer. The firm had analyzed other breaches by both groups over the last two years.


One group, which CrowdStrike had dubbed Cozy Bear, had gained access last summer and was monitoring the DNC’s email and chat communications, Alperovitch said.


The other, which the firm had named Fancy Bear, broke into the network in late April and targeted the opposition research files. It was this breach that set off the alarm. The hackers stole two files, Henry said. And they had access to the computers of the entire research staff — an average of about several dozen on any given day.


The computers contained research going back years on Trump. “It’s a huge job” to dig into the dealings of somebody who has never run for office before, Dacey said.


CrowdStrike is not sure how the hackers got in.


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Russia has always been a formidable foe in cyberspace, but in the last two years “there’s been a thousand-fold increase in its espionage campaign against the West,” said Alperovitch, who is also a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “They feel under siege.”

Western sanctions, imposed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, have hurt the economy and led the government to increase its theft of intellectual property to limit the impact of import restrictions, he said. And Russia’s growing isolation has increased the need for intelligence to understand and influence political decisions in other countries, he added.

Unsurprisingly, a Russian Embassy spokesman said he had no knowledge of such intrusions. The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign referred questions to the Secret Service.

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Duc888's picture





My dog ate my homework.


What a bunch of assholes.

Son of Loki's picture

Damn! They used my excuse! Now I'm betting my teacher won't beleive me.


I guess I can try the Hillery accidental erasure of my hard-drive fable.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Son of Loki Jun 14, 2016 11:05 AM

Then leak the nudies already wtf

0b1knob's picture

I guess "Russian hackers stole it" now takes it's place with "the dog ate my homework", "I lost the combination", "I got syphylis on the brain" and "boating accident"

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) 0b1knob Jun 14, 2016 11:25 AM

But Clinton's unsecure email server was never hacked by the Russians.  Yeah, sure, lady.

DirtyWilly's picture

You might as well invoke aliens with a story this bad.  Sad thing is all their readers would still believe it.

eatthebanksters's picture

The DNC must have been using Hillary's private and secure server.  Bwhahahahahaha!

froze25's picture

Quick pass a law and make owning a computer illegal that will stop it.  

Is this an excuse because the best the DNC can produce on Trump is that he dates hot women?

MANvsMACHINE's picture

"The DNC said that no financial, donor or personal information appears to have been accessed or taken, suggesting that the breach was traditional espionage, not the work of criminal hackers."


Thank god no crimes were committed.

Freddie's picture

I do not believe anything these liars spew including the Orlando crap.  Endless lies, endless war, endless spending.

Still another reason to like and respect Putin and the Russians.  Now just expose that lying douchebag Paul Ryan and the RINOs who do whatever the Dems and Obola want. 

monk27's picture

Don't worry, it's just WaPo. I guess they are now competing with Comedy Central for the most hilarious news-like claims... This just proves that Bezos is a kook (never looked too sane to me anyway...)

Sokhmate's picture

Well, you see, Sir, an unsecure server is not hackable, by definition.

wtf1369's picture

This is the song that never ends, it just goes on and on my friend....

JusticeTBuford's picture

Words that the Democrats would say-

"The computer network needs to be held liable for this type of action"

"When will this senseless hacking stop"

"Terms we are hearing far to frequently"



ChanceIs's picture

This hacking is all based on HATE.  Hate I tell you.


We must stop this divisive hacking and all hack together.


OBTW:  Was the DNC server located in the water closet in Hillary's Chapaqua residence?  Maybe on Brian Epstein's orgy island

nope-1004's picture

Washington Post reports.....

'nuff said

Crash Overide's picture

Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos who has a very fuzzy warm relationship with the CIA through the Amazon Cloud infrastructure.


SmittyinLA's picture

Jamie Gorelick too, on AMZN board, CIA, NSA NSC, DOJ, DOD

Freddie's picture

Wash Post = See Eye Aye.

Watergate = Rockerfeller's See Eye Aye hack job on Nixon because he wanted to raise tariffs.  Ben Bradley had all the info leaked to him as he was a See EyE Aye stooge.  Woodward and Bernstein typed it up. 

Who was Deep Throat who leaked the info?  Not the guy who claim not long ago after he died or maybe still alive.  See Eye Aye Poppy Bush.  Whereever there is a war to start or keep going = there is a Bush and their freinds the Clintons.

Clashfan's picture

Bush? Watergate was related to the burglers finding out what info Dems had on JFK hit which involved Bush. Evidence?

If not Felt, why not Haig?

I'm very curious about who blew the whistle and why, not saying I know. 

doctor10's picture

public relations for "insurance purposes" ....such as when Putin does indeed finally drop all the Hillary Top Secret Emails the Russians were vacuuming out of her server, onto the interwebs

ChanceIs's picture

Hard to predict when/whether Putin will dump Hillary's emails.  There would be long term consequences if he does it and Hillary gets elected.


One must ask oneself how Comey will go about releasing all the dirt he has on Hillary to the US press.  It is surely a criminal act for the FBI to do that.  Sen Grassley has already given advance notice that he will look the other way.  Maybe Comey will put it on the DNC's server and tip Putin off to its location and the password.  He can then say that the DNC hacked he FBI servers - which I am sure they have or have attempted.  Remember when Hillary was found to have the FBI files on half of Congress in the White House bedroom?  Nothing criminal there.  No wonder nobody has the balls to indict her.  Their wives would get all of the dirt.  Psge righ out of J. Edgar Hoover's playbook.


The American Thinker is doing a series on TWA Flight 800 - the one that dropped out of the sky in a fireball in the summer of Bill Clinton's reelection drive - 1996.  Scary stuff.  Not sure I buy the conspricies.  Butt.................


Hey!!!  If Vince Foster is fair game, so is resurecting the FLight 800 stuff.

Freddie's picture

If you are expecting ***ANYONE*** in the US Govt to do the right thing then you are delusional.  This includes the military - they have done the banksters bidding since The Civil War.   IF Grant or any of the Union generals had any real balls - they would have arrested the bankster govt.  Remember that any Union boy dodging the draft was subject to prison for a long time or execution.

I have more faith in Putin and the Russians exposing the US Govt bottomless corruption than anyone in the USA. 

bh2's picture

"There would be long term consequences if he does it and Hillary gets elected."

Yes, but more probably a long term for Hillary in prison rather than the White House.

Putin is a canny man. He's just put the DoJ on notice that any political hanky-panky will be publicly contradicted by hard evidence (with minimum redactions) if the AG fails to indict when recommended by the FBI that a serious crime can definitely be proved.

The Russian threat may be empty, but there's no way the WH could chance getting caught in such a desperate lie if it is not.

Mr. Obama could, of course, just grant her an immediate pardon so she can continue honorably running for office.

JRobby's picture

This makes total sense

They don't want that insane bitch to have her finger on the button

drendebe10's picture

Progressive liberal democraps are so immoral that they have no qualms about LYING and ignoring the truth tojam their bullsht agenda down the throats of American tax paying citizens. They make trickie dick look like an amateur. Disgusting & despicable, they are.

Duc888's picture



With Progressives, there is no such thing as lying.  The technical term is "Creative Fiction".


PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

It sounds really funny, but my dog actually ate my homework once. I could no believe my eyes. When I asked why he did that, he gave me no explanation. He just chewed up the whole bloody thing, nicely written and annotated. These damn dogs....

Badsamm's picture

They should have asked Hillary's IT guy to set it up since hers was air tight

1980XLS's picture

Fucking hysterical. Hillary probably sold it to them. That cunt  would do anything for money.


No worries. She kept a copy on a server in her house.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

100% chance the Russians have every single one of Hillary's deleted emails, they definitely hacked that crappy bathroom server. Something tells me Putin does not like Hillary very much, and I would bet that the emails are leaked at some point proving Hillary is a felon and deserves to rot in prison.



Rhetorical's picture

Didn't the Clintons use the big banks to manipulate USSR/russian interest rates in the early nineties?

quadraspleen's picture

Chickens. Home. Roost.

Some scores to be settled, I should think. He was balls deep back then. He doesn't like Shitlery at all. He's playing the long game, though. He's quite happy to let the FBI attempt to fuck things up first, I reckon. Then someone will drop the money shot. Should be fun to watch unless we're at war first.


GeezerGeek's picture

Were I in Vlad's position, I would wait until HRC was inaugurated. Then I'd present absolute proof that she is a corrupt criminal and perhaps even a war criminal. All speculation, of course. Many of my brainless neighbors still adore her. Some even still have primary campaign signs up. My husky must like the colors (they match his eyes), as he keeps peeing on them.

onewayticket2's picture

100% certainty.  


THAT is what this story tells us.  if they got the campaign's info, they certainly got the server in her bathroom closet....and her password lacking account.

ChanceIs's picture

Didn't I hear that Hillary was having another and especially bad coughing fit this morning?

layman_please's picture

a smart person would wait with releasing all the corrupt emails from her server. when hillary is officially a democratic nominee, then is not only hillary but also democratic party toast. bernie could actually stand a chance.

Cult of Criminality's picture

Okie Doki boy ain`t gonna like this 


Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) Cult of Criminality Jun 14, 2016 11:09 AM

Putin the only man standing between Zio genocide and survival.

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Jun 14, 2016 10:57 AM

Ah yes, Trump is in cahoots with Putin, right?  Not the commie Bernie Sanders which would be far more believable but Trump.  Democrats are stooping to a new low now.  Desperation is in the air.

Sandmann's picture

Putin is not a Communist and probably never was

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TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Sandmann Jun 14, 2016 11:06 AM

Funny because I thought when he came to power he took back all of the oil rights that had been previously doled out to various oligarchs when the USSR fell apart.  I thought he wrote a long paper about how the government owning the oil was vital to the success of the nation before he got in office and then shortly after he rounded up a bunch of the fields.  I could be wrong, I remembering reading that once.

tmosley's picture

Confiscating stolen assets from thieves isn't Communism.

Volkodav's picture

fact is those thieves were the Communists in real.

same ones always...



BarkingCat's picture

It is the same gang of thieves that stole the treasure of all the former Soviet block countries.

Freddie's picture

Russia and Putin doing more to defend the US Constitution than the US Congress, military, courts, intel agencies and law enforcement.

The USA is such a corrupt joke.