Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to tell United States officials they were targets of Russian hackers

ФБР не известило чиновников об атаках хакеров- СМИ

ФБР не известило чиновников об атаках хакеров- СМИ

The FBI had information that Russian hackers were trying to break into the email accounts of U.S. officials but failed to notify them of the threat, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Of the almost 80 interviews with Americans targeted by Russian-government-aligned group, only two cases were identified as being informed by the FBI, the investigation found.

Fancy Bear primarily attempted to penetrate the email systems by sending messages with malicious links that could recover account information from the targets. Us media and intelligence agencies groundlessly accused group in the work on Russian Federation and suspected of having links with the GRU.

Numerous targets appear to be former military or intelligence officials who have since retired, meaning the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have determined contacting them was unnecessary from a national security perspective.

About a quarter of the Agency of individuals at the time of the cyber attacks were government officials or had access to classified information.

The AP said the Fancy Bear operation was connected to DCLeaks, one of the websites that published emails of Democratic Party officials during the 2016 election.

As the AP noted, sources said when Fancy Bear allegedly targeted Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents did visit her headquarters but offered "little more than generic security tips the campaign had already put into practice and refused to say who they thought was behind the attempted intrusions".

"It's absolutely not OK for them to use an excuse that there's too much data", former Office of the Director of National Intelligence senior administrator Charles Sowell told the AP.

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