‘Daily Beast’ Reports Russians tried to Hack Missouri Senator’s Computer

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Story Correction: The Daily Beast has not determined at this time what the other two political entities are that were targeted by Russian hackers. We originally reported that The Daily Beast was not naming the other two political entities at this time. 

A report in the Daily Beast says Russian hackers tried to unsuccessfully infiltrate the computer of Senator Claire McCaskill.

The website reported that Russia’s G.R.U. intelligence agency tried to break into McCaskill’s computer in Aug. of 2017.

Her office would not give details about the attack or how they learned about it.      

The senator did say in a statement she wants to hold the hackers and Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable and she will not be intimidated.

McCaskill is running for re-election.

“So what we’re doing, we listened to a Microsoft executive at the Aspen Security Forum last week who mentioned that they had in pinpointed three candidates who have been targeting, who had been targeted by this spear phishing operation, essentially, by the Russian G.R.U., which is the main intelligence directorate in Moscow,” Andrew Desiderio, a reporter with the Daily Beast said. “The first one we were able to identify was Senator McCaskill. We want to keep our sources and our methods private. I imagine the CIA, other intelligence agencies already knew about this because McCaskill’s office obviously knew what had happened. 

“And they were able to send this link around to folks in her office and if they clicked on it they would see something that looks identical to the Microsoft portal that makes it look authentic is if okay, I need to go into my password and enter it in here,” Desiderio said. “Again we know that it was unsuccessful. the senator’s office confirmed as much, so I think that’s important to note.”

“I have said many times that Putin is a thug and a bully and he doesn’t allow the people of Russia to have freedom,” Senator McCaskill said.

A few items of note from my interview today. First, the Daily Beast has not turned its evidence over to law enforcement, citing the need to protect its sources, although Desiderio says they’ve not yet been asked to turn over any info about the hacking attempt to authorities. Second, the Daily Beast reporters found attempted hackings into accounts of two other political entities, though they have declined to name those other entities at this time.

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