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FBI probes hacks targeting phones of Democratic Party officials - sources

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posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 04:45 PM
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This is just breaking. Looks like some of the phones of DNC party officials may have been hacked.

Reuters - FBI probes hacks targeting phones of Democratic Party officials - sources


The FBI is investigating suspected attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month, four people with direct knowledge of the attack and the investigation told Reuters.

The revelation underscores the widening scope of the U.S. criminal inquiry into cyber attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the presidential campaign of its candidate, former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

U.S. officials have said they believe those attacks were orchestrated by hackers backed by the Russian government, possibly to disrupt the Nov. 8 election in which Clinton faces Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. Russia has dismissed allegations it was involved in cyber attacks on the organizations.


Still looking for more information. As of right now, according to the article, this is based on information coming from "two people with knowledge of the situation," the FBI declined to comment and the DNC/DCCC spokepeople are saying that they unaware of anyone being contacted by investigators.
edit on 2016-9-27 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)




posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 04:55 PM
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originally posted by: theantediluvian
This is just breaking. Looks like some of the phones of DNC party officials may have been hacked.

Reuters - FBI probes hacks targeting phones of Democratic Party officials - sources


The FBI is investigating suspected attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month, four people with direct knowledge of the attack and the investigation told Reuters.

The revelation underscores the widening scope of the U.S. criminal inquiry into cyber attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the presidential campaign of its candidate, former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

U.S. officials have said they believe those attacks were orchestrated by hackers backed by the Russian government, possibly to disrupt the Nov. 8 election in which Clinton faces Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. Russia has dismissed allegations it was involved in cyber attacks on the organizations.




I just don't know what to say about things like this. I can kind of see three ways to look at it.

First, if they find information that is damning I think it should be discussed regardless of who hacked it.

Secondly, I hope they get whoever hacked this and lock them up. We can not tolerate people or states hacking private peoples or state officials devices.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, do we have any faith that anyone in the government can keep anyone from hacking anything? Anti democrat people may be cheering now, but this is no joke. What if our enemies get their hands on troop movements, or any other info that can cause massive problems to innocents or our country.

It is time that we get some competent people in charge of our governments cyber security, regardless of who wins the Presidency. We look like the laughing stock of the world with all of these hacks occurring lately.



posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 05:04 PM
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It was probably the FBI or one of the other alphabet agency's that committed the hack.



posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 05:11 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

Maybe they should stop doing things of an unsavory nature...then it wouldn't matter



posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 05:23 PM
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originally posted by: Nickn3
It was probably the FBI or one of the other alphabet agency's that committed the hack.


I have no doubt you may be right. Now....whose agenda are they serving?



posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 05:31 PM
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originally posted by: Nickn3
It was probably the FBI or one of the other alphabet agency's that committed the hack.

My money is on the NSA.

But rest assured they'll be blaming the Russians by this time tomorrow.

"Who farted?!"
"I dunno. Some Russian."



posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 05:41 PM
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I can just hear Richard Nixon turning over in his grave, toasting the Russians.... "Vashe zdorovie!!"



posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 08:33 PM
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There are very good reasons to not support hacking government officials that do not involve any crimes. This should scare the jeezus out of all of you, but it is your political opponents so its fine and dandy. Well, when it happens to you and yours then you will want actions to be taken.


Trump has really taken his toll on the rights already shaky grasp of reality.

Quick, Lemmings, to the cliff!



posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 08:42 PM
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originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: theantediluvian

Maybe they should stop doing things of an unsavory nature...then it wouldn't matter


Is that permission to hack you then...?



posted on Sep, 28 2016 @ 12:04 AM
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The chances of any arrests are slim to none. If the phones were indeed hacked, there is greater likelihood that the hacking was achieved by a person operating in proxiimity the the phones themselves — in other words, on US soil — though that doesn't have to be the case and a number of remote bugs have been uncovered in modern phone OSes.


Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, do we have any faith that anyone in the government can keep anyone from hacking anything? Anti democrat people may be cheering now, but this is no joke. What if our enemies get their hands on troop movements, or any other info that can cause massive problems to innocents or our country.


Of course the DNC is a private entity but it does make you wonder about the state of the security of communications of our government officials. The conversation has been dominated by Clinton's email and classified material but the reality is that all of our government officials and their aides should be communicating through secure channels. Classified material isn't the only thing that needs protecting. As we can clearly see, there is influence to be had in hacking information that hasn't been classified in any way.

Take that a step further. What about the opportunities for blackmail that exist? It is scary indeed.




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