-- U.S. officials say they are investigating a series of cyberattacks against The New York Times’ Moscow bureau in what authorities suspect is a continuing onslaught of sneak attacks by Russia.
None of the Times’ internal systems were compromised, the paper said.
“We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools,” a Times spokesman said. “We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised."
“They hack into political parties, into government agencies, into newspapers, to find out what they know about Russia, to find out what they’re thinking about Russia, and to find out who their sources are in Russia,” he said.
“There is little doubt in the case of the DNC that it was Russian intelligence related,” said Justin Harvey, the chief security officer for Fidelis Cybersecurity. “The telltale signs for the DNC were the IP addresses that were used were previously attributed to Russian attacks.”
The Russian hackers have a long list of successful operations, in both the United States and the international community. In 2015, the German domestic intelligence agency accused Russia of hacking Germany’s parliament.
Laura Silber, director of public affairs at the Open Society Foundations, confirmed that the emails posted on DC Leaks appeared to be stolen from their organization.
“The hack on our organization may not have been as intrusive as what happened at the DNC, but taken together, these recent events appear to be an attack on open society and people working to make life better in their communities and across the world,” Silber said.
“You haven’t seen a public action against Russia,” he said. “But it would be a mistake for them to assume that we are not going to apply this deterrence model when it comes to their action if they continue to intrude.”