Nov 26, 2017

FBI didn't alert U.S. officials they were targeted by Russian hackers

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The FBI didn't alert dozens of American officials that a Kremlin-linked hacking group was trying to access their personal Gmail accounts, the AP reports.

The AP interviewed 80 of the current and former officials, many of whom worked in defense or intelligence, and only two had been notified. An anonymous FBI official said there were so many hacking attempts that the bureau couldn't keep up: "It's a matter of triaging to the best of our ability the volume of the targets who are out there," he said.

The same Russian hacking group, Fancy Bear, stole emails from the DNC during the election.

One worrying line: "An AP analysis of the data suggests that out of 312 U.S. military and government figures targeted by Fancy Bear, 131 clicked the links sent to them. That could mean that as many as 2 in 5 came perilously close to handing over their passwords."

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