Report: Trump Campaign Targeted with Malware

Government (U.S.)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and other party organizations were targeted with malware, according to Reuters.

“At least one” Trump staffer’s email account was infected, which sent malicious emails to colleagues, according to the report. The incident occurred in 2015, though it’s uncertain whether campaign computers were accessed.

The Reuters report also says the Trump campaign hired CrowdStrike, the security firm that investigated the Democratic National Party breach and attributed it to state-sponsored Russian hackers. Politico, however, refutes that the Trump campaign hired CrowdStrike.

At a cyber event in May, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said officials were aware of attempted cyberattacks on presidential campaigns and that the Department of Homeland Security and FBI were educating campaigns about threats.

“I anticipate as the campaigns intensify, we’ll probably have more of those [attempts],” he said.