According to the CIA version of the Russian hacking story, both the DNC and RNC were hacked into but only the DNC’s info was used, making them believe that the Russians were trying to sway the election toward Donald Trump. On Friday the Wall Street Journal reported that the Russians (if it was the Russians) tried to invade the Republican’s system also, but the techniques that punched into the Democratic Party’s network didn’t work on the GOP. This is additional proof that the claims that the Russians hacked in to the DNC to make Trump POTUS is simply an effort to de-legitimize the President-Elect.
Until now, few details had been disclosed about the nature of the targeting of Republican organizations, especially the flagship Republican National Committee, where hackers sent so-called phishing emails last spring to an email address there. Those emails were quarantined by a filter meant to detect spam as well as potentially malicious traffic that may carry viruses or trick recipients into divulging passwords, two officials said.
A third person familiar with the investigation said RNC staff members didn’t realize they had been the target of spies until June, after Democratic committee leaders revealed that hackers had successfully gained a foothold inside their networks. Once inside, they reportedly were able to access a trove of DNC opposition research on Mr. Trump, then a candidate.
We also know that it was a phishing operation that helped the Russians get into Jon Podesta’s email (and that password was the easily hackable “p@sswOrd”).
When the Republicans heard the DNC was hacked into they took act…
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