Bloomberg is reporting that computer networks of a number of political organizations – including the Democratic National Committee as well as the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation – have been breached by Russian hackers.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied any link to the Russian hackers, but Hillary Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin believes that this is Russia’s way of trying to control the November election.
While the documents stolen from the DNC’s computer systems haven’t revealed anything new or scandalous so far, the hackers have threatened to release thousands more documents and emails that could prove to be damaging.
However, even more damaging than DNC documents would be files associated with the Clinton Foundation. Bloomberg reported:
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The hackers in fact sought data from at least 4,000 individuals associated with U.S. politics — party aides, advisers, lawyers and foundations — for about seven months through mid-May, according to another person familiar with the investigations.
A hacker or group of hackers calling themselves Guccifer 2.0 posted another trove of documents purportedly from the DNC on Tuesday, including what they said was a list of donors who had made large contributions to the Clinton Foundation.
Sensitive documents from the Clinton Foundation could have the most damaging potential. The Trump camp has said it plans to make the foundation’s activities a subject of attacks against Clinton; the sort of confidential data contained in e-mails, databases and other digital archives could aid that effort.
…[T]he hackers who hit the DNC and Clinton’s campaign burrowed much further into the U.S. political system than initially thought, sweeping in law firms, lobbyists, consultants, foundations and policy groups in a campaign that targeted thousands of Google e-mail accounts and lasted from October through mid-May.
One such document released by supposed Russian hackers was opposition research the DNC had compiled on Donald Trump. You can read it here.