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FBI Investigating Russian Hack Of New York Times Reporters, Others (cnn.com) 61

Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations, reports CNN, citing US officials briefed on the matter. From the report: The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies. 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. "Like most news organizations we are vigilant about guarding against attempts to hack into our systems," said New York Times Co. spokeswoman Eileen Murphy. "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." The breaches targeting reporters and news organizations are part of an apparent surge in cyber attacks in the past year against entities beyond US government agencies.
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FBI Investigating Russian Hack Of New York Times Reporters, Others

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  • by WillAffleckUW ( 858324 ) on Tuesday August 23, 2016 @02:47PM (#52757271) Homepage Journal

    That's the NSA's job!

    • by Udom ( 978789 )
      Reds under the bed! Who gains from this story? Can't see why the Russians would waste their time on the NYT, but the NSA, DHS etc would. Blaming the Russians for what they themselves are doing is very much their kind of thing. We'll see if the story morphs in other directions that help with their agenda, like blaming encryption.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    The people jumping up and down pointing at Russia are the same people who sat on the exploits in the shadowbroker leaks for at least 3 years rather than working with vendors to allow them to be fixed.

    No, you don't get to secretly build up a trove of exploits for common infrastructure, invade every domestic and foreign computer network without justification, then start screaming about how Russians are using cyberwarfare too.

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Tuesday August 23, 2016 @02:59PM (#52757371) Homepage

    The Clinton campaign has claimed the hack as proof that the Russians are trying to aid the election of Donald Trump.

    Or maybe russian hackers understand that US Media outlets actively collaborate and conspire with political campaigns during election seasons to control and direct dissent within the party and defuse potential scandalous or controversial events in an effort to ensure a positive return on their future investment. that to undermine this quiet system of quid pro quo would be a huge step in election transparency and overall freedom of elections in a country that uses elaborate systems of delegate voting, districts, and voter identification to suppress and manipulate the outcome of a potential election.

    maybe, just maybe, Russian hackers are the good guys here.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The same FBI clowns who couldn't bring Hilldebeast up on charges will indict Putin and half the computer users in Russia.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Well, ya gotta have priorities...

      This new trend of blame Russia for everything... it's catchy. I bet Anthem (insurance co) is saying, damn, if only we came up with this Russian hacker excuse for our data breach... "Reuters reports Russian hackers infiltrated Anthem and accessed patient records; Russians apparently interested in the number of dick pill prescriptions in 2015"

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Relax everyone! They're just trying to get access to news from outside of their country.

  • Russian intelligence agents using hacking to exert influence on a U.S. presidential election should be HUGE news. Maybe now that a news organization is a direct victim, it will be.

    I assume that Putin hasn't bothered to target FOX because it's mostly about newsbabes with big tits in red dresses anyway. And why mess with that?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I'm still waiting on a shred of evidence that the Russian government is behind any of these. Claims from Hillary's campaign manager don't count.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        We can trust Hillary. Hillary never lies. The DNC never lies or tries to fix elections or blame their problems on damn foreigners. The Washington Post never holds clandestine fundraisers for Hillary.

        The Russians don't hack the NY Times, they have always had an admin login account provided by the management. After all, how else would they be the first to toe the Party line?

    • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

      by swb ( 14022 )

      Russians hacking the NY Times should be the least effective way to influence an election if the NY Times is neutral in its reporting and not withholding negative information that would harm Clinton's candidacy.

  • FBI Investigating Russian Hack Of New York Times Reporters, Others


    The FBI declined to comment and a spokesperson for The New York Times would not confirm the attacks or the investigation.

    Solid journalism.

  • by bongey ( 974911 ) on Tuesday August 23, 2016 @03:46PM (#52757753)
    How many more Russian conspiracy stories are going to run from " anonymous government official" ? Just put on your tin hats now. Slashdot fueling the new neo mccarthyism trend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]
  • If only. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Tuesday August 23, 2016 @03:54PM (#52757813)

    If only we had some sort of national agency that would find weaknesses in security and ensure we were protected. A "national security agency" if you will... oh wait. -_-

  • OMG the RUSSIANS are coming. Are we back in the 50s? The best way to unite a population is to give the a bogeyman, real or imagined. Apparently McCarthyism is so far in the past that nobody seem to recognise it for what it is anymore.
  • by colin_faber ( 1083673 ) on Tuesday August 23, 2016 @08:29PM (#52759523)

    So wild guessing again, likely piggy backing off the erronious statements that the Times itself made regarding the sources of these hacks...

    Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at The New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter.

    The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies.


    Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the company had seen "no evidence" that any breaches had occurred.

    "We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools. We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised,"

    So no hack?

    The Times has brought in private sector security investigators who are working with US national security officials to assess the damage and determine how the hackers got in, according to the US officials.

    So they were hacked?

    Attention has grown on the hacks thought to be carried out by Russians since Wikileaks released a trove of emails stolen from the DNC in the weekend before the Democratic Party's convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for president. US intelligence officials say there is strong evidence showing Russian intelligence behind the DNC hack. The Clinton campaign has claimed the hack as proof that the Russians are trying to aid the election of Donald Trump.

    Thought by who? Is there some official statement that the earlier hacks of the DNC and DCCC are the work of the Russians (with proof?). Likely no, more than likely this statement is based off the flawed TrustConnect analysis which assumed Russian intelligence services had something to do with this because the originating IP of the hack was hidden behind Russian VPN.

    And there we have it folks. News! Predictably from CNN they have to of course point out that the Evil DT is the one responsible for all of this, according to a documented liar.

  • Can get into US think tanks, gov sector, private servers at will. Never detected as they enter, stay in.
    Over time vast amount of data in plain text is collected on internal networks. No decryption is needed, no strange bulk decryption requested detected.
    This bulk information collection in plain text is then networked out of the US servers without notice for some time.
    Well understood, older hacking tools are presented as proof in to the waiting US press at the very start of "secret" investigations to
  • I think this is much simpler than the Russians trying to influence US elections or policy. It's about revenge. Everyone knows Hillary was playing god in Libya and a lot of people died, including friend of Putin...Muammar Gaddafi. Who was killed with US assistance and his corpse mutilated and broadcast on TV.

    Russia took the gloves off after that, going after Clinton's support on all fronts. First internationally and now at home. All the leaks from the DNC to Soro's and his constellation of NGOs are all long

  • "Hacks Hacked"

    Never forget the New York Times was one of the loudest cheerleaders for the lucrative business plan called the Iraq War (subtitled: ISIS Awakens).

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.