clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Hackers linked to Russian intelligence agencies target The New York Times

New, 8 comments

The FBI is currently investigating the attempted attack

Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Hackers believed by US officials to be working for Russian intelligence agencies have targeted American news outlets including The New York Times. The news was first reported by CNN on Tuesday afternoon, with the Times later confirming that there had been an attack on its Russian bureau, but that "there is no evidence that the hackers [...] were successful."

CNN reports that the hackers also targeted "other US news organizations" in recent months, but did not specify which outlets. US intelligence officials told the publication that they are considering the attacks as part of a broader series of hacks that include those targeting emails from the Democratic National Committee. The Times says that the FBI is currently investigating the attack on its organization, but denied reports from CNN that it hired private investigators to help do so.

"We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools," said Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy. "We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised."

The attacks come two months after cybersecurity firms connected the hack of DNC emails with Russian intelligence agencies. Although the Obama administration has not publicly blamed Russia for the attack, Hillary Clinton has done so repeatedly, stating: "We know that Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC." Clinton has also linked the attacks to comments made by Donald Trump, who suggested last month that Russians should find the emails Clinton deleted from her private server, and would be "rewarded mightily" for doing so.