NEWSWATCH: “Russia hackers had targets worldwide, beyond U.S. election” – Washington Post/AP

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“… [H]ackers who disrupted the U.S. presidential election …[also] target[ed] the emails of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, U.S. defense contractors and thousands of others of interest to the Kremlin, according to a previously unpublished digital hit list …. the most detailed forensic evidence yet of the close alignment between the hackers and the Russian government … an operation that stretched back years and tried to break into the inboxes of 4,700 Gmail users [globally] …. [the] findings draw on a database of 19,000 malicious links collected by cybersecurity firm Secureworks, dozens of rogue emails, and interviews with more than 100 … targets. Secureworks stumbled upon the data after a hacking group … Fancy Bear accidentally exposed … its phishing operation …. The list revealed a direct line between the hackers and … leaks that rocked the presidential contest … most notably the private emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta ….”

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