3. Spying On Political Parties Is A Tale As Old As Time
The SVR is an equal opportunity hacker, having in 2015 compromised the Democratic National Committee servers. But the SVR didn’t end up leaking the hacked DNC material. Instead, the Russian military spy agency GRU separately hacked the DNC and leaked its emails to WikiLeaks in 2016, The Washington Post reported in December.
Espionage is a constant since the early days of human civilization and will be with us forever, said Dmitry Alperovtich, co-founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike. “Attempted hacking of political organizations (without dump of data) is called espionage,” Alperovitch wrote on Twitter at 10:09 p.m. ET Tuesday. “The Russians have been doing it for hundreds of years and will continue doing it for hundreds more. As will we.”
The reported breach of the RNC by Russian government hackers doesn’t necessarily mean GOP emails will be leaked down the road, said John Hultquist, vice president of FireEye’s Mandiant Threat Intelligence. “Political parties are regular targets of state espionage,” Hultquist wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “They offer insight into incubating public policy. This does not necessarily presage shenanigans like hack and leak ops.”