Russians accused of hacking New York Times, other publications; FBI investigating
Fourth Estate Staff
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other United States security agencies are now investigating the supposed hacking of Russians targeting the New York Times and other publications.
According to multiple reports, it is suspected that the hackers are working for Russian intelligence. The Russian hackers are reportedly targeting news organizations as part of their broader series of hacks, which also focused on Democratic Party organizations. Officials working on the matter believe that the hacks are done to gather intelligence from non-governmental organizations in an attempt to have an idea about the U.S. political system.
The news organizations are said to be top targets of the hackers since they provide valuable intelligence on reporters’ contacts with the government as well as their systems possibly containing unpublished works that have sensitive information.
The intrusions were said to have been detected in the past months but the FBI would not give further details about the supposed findings.
A New York Times Co. spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy, did comment on the matter saying that their company is like most news organizations as they are all vigilant about guarding the attempts to hack into their systems. Murphy added, “There are a variety of approaches we take up to and including working with outside investigators and law enforcement. We won’t comment on any specific attempt to gain unauthorized access to The Times.”
The New York Times reportedly has brought in private sector security investigators working with the U.S. national security officials to determine the extent of the damage and determine how the hackers were able to get in their system.
The hacks have been a focus of the U.S. national security officials after they believe that Russians were also responsible of the leaking of information to Wikileaks . These emails were released in the weekend before the Democratic Party’s National Convention.
The hackers have also reportedly tried to gain access of the computer systems of the Republican Party as well as that of GOP nominee Donald Trump.