Russia is known for its vodka, shirtless horse-riding politicians and all-star hockey players. Now Russia may be better known for its alleged cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee and subsequent release of embarrassing e-mails across WikiLeaks.
The U.S. government didn’t take a stance on whether Russia was directly involved in the data breach but cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike Inc., Fidelis Cybersecurity and FireEye Inc. say that it was Russian attackers who perpetrated the attack.
The release of the embarrassing e-mails led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She was poised to gavel in the Democratic National Convention, but the fear of boos and negative publicity led her to not take the stage.
Even Republican nominee, and Twitter enthusiast, Donald J. Trump got into the mix calling the Russian link to the DNC hack a “stupid joke.” However, Trump said at a July 27 press conference that he hopes Russia finds “the 30,000 e-mails that are missing” from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The e-mail scandal may be the unfortunate new reality of the 21st century election. The U.S. political landscape is littered with sometimes never-verified rumors of party boss arm twisting and back room deals. But often those allegations often went unverified—something unlikely to be the new normal where those involved commit things to e-mails with the unreasonable sense that they will actually remain private.
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