James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, gave a warning on CNN tonight that the Russians could try and attack the Republican party… seemingly forgetting that it’s already happened.
“The big event here is, of course, the Russian interference in our election process,” Clapper said during a Thursday interview. “The Russians, for their part, will keep at it.”
The attack, however, was unsuccessful due to the RNC’s more effective security in place which actually marked phishing emails for them. Multiple media outlets had reported on it So I wonder if Clapper is worried about another attempt?
Clapper: Next time, Russians could go after Republicans. I wish people would remember, “this is an assault on us.” https://t.co/sYFU07Qhma
For example, Russians targeted the Republican National Committee “using the same techniques that allowed them to infiltrate its Democratic counterpart.”
In addition to the RNC, The Daily Caller learned that Russians attempted to hack the Heritage Foundation, a conservative non-profit referred to as “Donald Trump’s think tank” by CNN. Those phishing attacks also proved unsuccessful.
“The same threat groups that have been releasing information about the DNC, Hillary Clinton, and recently John Podesta have been targeting specific people within Heritage via phishing campaigns,” the email, dated Oct. 24, 2016, said. “Our security monitoring tools and services show no signs of an active compromise. However, we were contacted by the FBI agent-in-charge regarding emails sent to Heritage staff in August and September.”
“Like other high-profile policy organizations, Heritage is the target of phishing attacks on a regular basis, some from sophisticated actors. We have extensive security measures in place and have not identified any unauthorized access of our systems. When appropriate, we share relevant information with law enforcement and the information security community,” the statement said.
“We have had a situation where we knew the Chinese were in our system, they had gotten past the first door and they were watching some of the papers we were doing,” former Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint said. “We were fine with that, we would give them hard copies of everything they were looking at. We knew they were there and we didn’t try to do anything because we didn’t want them to change their strategy.”