Published: Fri, June 17, 2016
Sport | By Scott Davis

Hacked DNC Documents Were Attack Plans on Donald Trump

Hacked DNC Documents Were Attack Plans on Donald Trump

For the DNC, evidence of a serious hack would be embarrassing, to say the least. This contradicts the initial DNC reports that Russian Federation was behind the attack.

A report detailing the Democratic National Committee's opposition research on Donald Trump and the party's general election attack plan was leaked this week.

Guccifer 2.0's blog includes images of documents it claims were stolen from DNC servers, including one titled "Donald Trump Report", which was dated December 19, and spreadsheets purportedly containing information about party donors.

The DNC told the Washington Post, which broke the story, that no financial, donor or personal information was accessed or taken.

Opposition research nearly always is meant to eventually become public and, in this election, might not be very useful. Yet another document purportedly came from the computer of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state.

Fyodor Lukyanov, a well-connected political analyst in Moscow and the editor of Russia in Global Affairs, a foreign policy journal, said there is great interest in the USA elections among Russian elites, and that many see Trump as potentially a better partner for Russia than Hillary Clinton.

"Use specific hits to muddy the waters around ethics, transparency, and campaign finance attacks on HRC", the document reads.

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			Some telltale Cyrillic characters appeared in the files leaked by the hacker Guccifer 2.0
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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said last month that US officials have seen indications of foreign hackers spying on the presidential candidates. The document lays out the foreign policy goals for the Obama administration's first term, and does not seem to include any classified information though it is marked "Secret". "We could proceed to an indictment".

Tuesday, the security firm CrowdStrike said that it believed the hack was the work of sophisticated Russian government hackers. The hackers most likely worked for different arms of the Russian government, the company said.

"We're aware that campaigns and related organizations and individuals are targeted by actors with a variety of motivations - from philosophical differences to espionage - and capabilities - from defacements to intrusions", Brian P. Hale, director of public affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told the Washington Post at the time.

"We are exploring the documents' authenticity and origin", he said.

Alperovitch is also a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative.

A Russian Embassy spokesman said he had no knowledge of such intrusions, and DNC chair Rep. Lahel was extradited to the United States earlier this year and is now awaiting prosecution for his cyber-intrusions. Lazar is a notorious hacker who recently pled guilty to charges of identity theft and unauthorized access to protected computers and has claimed that he hacked into Hillary Clinton's email server in an interview with NBC last month. But he certainly wasn't the last.

So the broader questions are: were the DNC servers hacked by multiple people - professional Russian hackers as well as some lone hacker?

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