Russian Hackers Target New York Times


The New York Times appears to be the latest target of Russian hackers.

The US-based newspaper on Tuesday reported that its Moscow bureau was the recent victim of an attempted cyber attack, though it does not appear that the hackers, believed to be Russian, were successful.

"We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised," Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said in a statement.

"We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools," she added.

A series of cyber breaches carried out on various US news organizations, CNN reports, are under investigation by the FBI. Security agencies believe the hackers are part of the same Russian group that infiltrated the Democratic Party over the summer. The FBI did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

In June, Russian government hackers gained access to the computer network of the Democratic National Committee; DNC emails were later posted online by Wikileaks. All signs point to two separate hacking cells with known ties to the Russian government: Cozy Bear had access to the Committee since last summer, while Fancy Bear breached the network in April.

That led to speculation that the Russian government is trying to influence the current US presidential election and get Donald Trump elected. The Republican nominee in July even went so far as to call on the Russians to pursue Hillary Clinton and "find the 30,000 emails that are missing"—a reference to the messages on Clinton's server.

The Times hack comes shortly after it published a story that said Paul Manafort, then Trump's campaign chairman, was named in a Ukranian ledger that showed $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments to Manafort, who previously advised pro-Russian former Ukranian President Viktor F. Yanukovych. Manafort recently resigned from the Trump campaign.

This is not the first time the New York Times has come under attack, meanwhile. Chinese hackers targeted the paper in 2013, reportedly to find details about sources to whom Times' reporters spoke to for an October 2013 story about the wealth of China's prime minister, Wen Jiabao.

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