Russian hackers have not stopped targeting U.S. political organizations and other American institutions in the weeks following Election Day, according to CNN.
Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE’s presidential campaign, prominent think tanks and other American organizations are the target of an ongoing cyber campaign linked to the Kremlin, which was blamed for interference in the presidential election, officials told the news outlet.
"It's not like the one and done deal here,” one U.S. official told CNN. “They continue to engage in this operation around the clock."
The operation targeting Clinton’s campaign, which reportedly was ongoing as recently as this month and included phishing attempts designed to trick staffers into downloading malicious software, was unsuccessful, investigators told the news organization.
The new report is likely to deepen concern about the extent of Moscow’s attempts to influence and undermine the American political system, which have become a topic of increasing scrutiny in recent weeks.
The nation’s intelligence agencies have claimed that for several months hackers with ties to the upper reaches of the Russian government were engaged in a protracted hacking campaign to disrupt the U.S. election. According to several reports, the operations were overseen by President Vladimir Putin and were eventually designed to support President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE and tear down Clinton. Democratic outfits including the Democratic National Committee were the target of hackers who leaked stolen documents onto the internet.
President Obama has pledged to retaliate against the Russian activity, although the administration appears conflicted about how to respond.
“Right now it's like the old cold cyber war and the last thing you want to do is turn it into a hot shooting war,” the unidentified official told CNN.