Russians Also Tried to Hack RNC, Failed to Get In

Russia’s hacking of the Democrat Party, which the Obama administration knew about way back in 2015, revealed incredibly sloppy security systems and passwords.

But it was also just revealed that they attempted to hack the Republican Party — and were unsuccessful.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that, according to anonymous U.S. officials (who are still driving the entire “election hacking” story with unsubstantiated leaks, on a daily basis), Russian hackers tried to hit the Republican National Committee as well as the Democrats, but were foiled by superior RNC security.

The Journal then quotes another group of anonymous “people close to the investigation” who said the hackers’ failure to penetrate RNC servers “indicated a less aggressive and much less persistent effort by Russian intelligence to hack the Republican group than the Democratic National Committee.” In the end, the hackers were able to harvest only a single email from a “long-departed RNC staffer.”

This analysis doesn’t sit well with recent revelations that Clinton campaign chief, and alleged cybersecurity expert, John Podesta was tricked with an incredibly simple phishing scam – a single email that told him to click on a bogus button to change the password on his email account. That didn’t really take a huge amount of effort.

We’ve also long known that the DNC’s system had weak passwords, which they handled in an absurdly sloppy manner. The Russians even mocked the DNC for its poor password security in some of their early responses to accusations they were behind the raid on the Democratic National Committee. Presumptions that the hackers made some sort of extraordinary effort to penetrate the DNC system, while their heart wasn’t really in the attempted RNC hack, is difficult to square with public knowledge about the case.

“The possibility that Russians tried and failed to infiltrate the RNC doesn’t necessarily conflict with the CIA’s conclusion. A senior U.S. official said analysts now believe what started as an information-gathering campaign aimed at both parties later took on a focus of leaked emails about Mrs. Clinton and Democrats,” the Wall Street Journal adds later in its article, without making it clear which anonymous official offered that opinion.

Even if that analysis is accurate, we might ask if the relatively easy success of the DNC raid inspired more follow-up activity, rather than a political agenda.


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