The Clinton Foundation's network was allegedly hacked late Tuesday, while a variety of documents from last week's DNC hack were leaked simultaneously, pushing cybersecurity toward center stage.
The Clinton Foundation, a non-profit organization operated by Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, was allegedly hacked late Tuesday. The hack, originally reported by Bloomberg, is said to potentially be the work of Russian hackers targeting a host of political organizations.
According to the Bloomberg article, officials from the Clinton Foundation said "the organization hadn't been notified of the breach and declined to comment further."
SEE: Network Security Policy Template (Tech Pro Research)
The breach follows a similar attack on the Democratic National Convention (DNC), first reported on June 14. An individual or group known as Guccifer 2.0 (a reference to the Romanian hacker Guccifer) released a dossier on Hillary Clinton from those DNC attacks on Tuesday night as well.
Donald Trump, however, said that believes that the DNC, itself, perpetrated the attacks as a means to "distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader."
While some of the documents were already public, the Tuesday night release included data on Hillary's take on issues such as Israel, Benghazi, LGBTQ rights, and the military. The dossier also includes what Guccifer 2.0 claims to be a list of big name donors to the Clinton campaign. Guccifer 2.0 has also threatened to release even more memos and documents, potentially in the thousands.
The biggest implication for Clinton, in light of the attacks, is further concerns about the security practices regarding her campaign. Clinton is currently under investigation by the FBI for her alleged use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, after she was found to not be in compliance with email policies.
In May 2016, the original Romanian hacker Guccifer claimed that he was able to hack Clinton's personal server back in 2013, saying that "it was easy."
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The issues that the hacks bring up are more far-reaching than just one candidate. Bloomberg also reported that almost 4,000 Google accounts were compromised as a result of a spear phishing campaign targeting Clinton aides. This raises further questions about the length of time the campaign has been aware of potential vulnerabilities, and whether or not they've taken any steps to mitigate them.
The GOP hasn't been in the news about security practices or potential breaches, although some evidence suggests that Trump could be being targeted for similar attacks as well.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
- The Clinton Foundation was allegedly hacked late Tuesday, around the same time documents from a previous DNC hack were released by Guccifer 2.0.
- The hack could complicate things for Hillary Clinton regarding her security practices, as she is currently under investigation by the FBI for using a personal email server while in office as US Secretary of State.
- As technology becomes ever more central in the presidential campaigns, security issues will likely be used as fodder for candidates on each side to attack one another.
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