The Russian government hacked into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee, compromising its entire database of information and communications with each other for about a year.

According to The Washington Post, the information heist included opposition research on GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

The Washington Post reports:

Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.

The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.

The intrusion into the DNC was one of several targeting American political organizations. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some GOP political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available.

The DNC is a civilian organization, so it’s not surprising it didn’t have the infrastructure and resources to guard itself from a government-sponsored hack. However, this incident demonstrates that Putin is preparing himself for a possible Donald Trump presidency.

A spokesman for the Russian government claims to have “no knowledge” of what we are talking about, because of course they don’t.

 

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