The Facts: Which Countries are Hacking US Servers?
There have been several hacking allegations this election season. Find out which countries are actually trying to seize secret American intel online.
This election season has been a roller coaster ride for both parties. From emails to hacking, this election has been cyber-heavy. However, in the midst of all of the political rhetoric and bombast, it can be hard to decipher the true facts. Thus, information on American hacking this election has been opaque. Here are some of the countries who have hacking ties to the United States.
There have been ties to Russia attempting to hack into US servers. Keep in mind that this does not mean we are 100% sure Russia is hacking the United States. However, there is evidence showing the Democratic National Convention (DNC) has been under fire by the Russians. They were able to gain access to their email and chats, according to DNC security experts.
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The DNC was not the only governmental agency under attack by Russian hackers. For instance, the Russians gained access to the entirety of the database of opposition research on the GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Russian spies have also targeted the networks of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. These spies also extended their targets to the Republican National Committee.
These hacks were performed using tactics utilized by Russian hacking groups known as APT28 and APT29, which go by the aliases of “Fancy Bear” and “Cozy Bear.” Following this trail, security experts were able to pinpoint that Guccifer 2.0 did not independently hack. Guccifer 2.0 is simply a decoy used to divert attention from the true suspects.
Ties to WikiLeaks
The accusations of these hacks surfaced around the time that WikiLeaks articles started exposing the DNC for supposed corruption. As a result, many people are connecting the dots and insinuating that the Russian hackers leaked this information to WikiLeaks, enabling them to broadcast these secretive documents.
As stated earlier, there is only circumstantial evidence that ties Russia to these hacks and WikiLeaks articles. That being said, a simple Google search will show you that no other countries are actively hacking the United States. As a result, it is imperative that we continue honing in on the details to make sure that Russia is indeed hacking the United States without making any brash assumptions.