Wednesday, January 11, 2017

US Intel Agency Says Russia Targeted Think Tanks

A new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) confirms many previous reports from the media and cybersecurity firms in saying that Russian has been hacking into think tanks.  Here is an excerpt:
We assess Russian intelligence services collected against the US primary campaigns, think tanks, and lobbying groups they viewed as likely to shape US policy...Immediately after Election Day, we assess Russian intelligence began a spearphishing campaign targeting US Government employees and individuals associated with US think tanks and NGOs in national security, defense, and foreign policy fields.  This campaign could provide material for future influence efforts as well as foreign intelligence collection on the incoming administration's goals and plans.

Here is a previous Think Tank Watch post on Russia's alleged targeting of think tanks during the election season.  Nearly every major US think tank has been targeted by foreign intelligence agencies over the past few years.