(National Sentinel) Political cyber-espionage:Â While the Left continues to insist that only Democrats were “hacked” during the 2016 election cycle, a report published Tuesday says that a conservative organization that served as a principle policy advisor to then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump was hacked by the same group that got access to computer files at the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chief John Podesta.
The DailyÂ Caller reported exclusively:
The influentialÂ nonprofit worked closely with the Trump transition team both before and after the election, and was dubbed â€œDonald Trumpâ€™s think tankâ€ by CNN. The Trump campaign relied on Heritageâ€™s research for policy ideas, a fact that the nonprofit proudly promoted on its website.
Heritage alerted employees to the phishing attempts in an email just two weeks before the election, adding that the FBI had contactedÂ Heritage about the phishing attempts.
â€œThe same threat groups that have been releasing information about the DNC, Hillary Clinton, and recently John Podesta have been targeting specific people within Heritage via phishing campaigns,â€ the email, dated Oct. 24, 2016, said. â€œOur security monitoring tools and services show no signs of an active compromise. However, we were contacted by the FBI agent-in-charge regarding emails sent to Heritage staff in August and September.â€
Former Heritage chief and U.S. senator, Jim DeMint, confirmed that indeed the organization’s systems were attacked but that there was no breach of data that he knows of. But he added that Heritage had been hacked in the past, by Chinese hackers.
The DC reported further:
That the DNC hackers apparently targeted theÂ Heritage Foundation in August and September of 2016 is consistent with the intelligence communityâ€™s findings that the hackersâ€™ original goal was to disrupt and undermine American civic institutions, before shifting their focus to helping Trump. Russia was believed to have later shifted tactics to undermining American electoral institutions once they believed Trump no longer had a chance at winning.
It should be noted that despite the fact that U.S. intelligence agencies have said they areÂ certain Russian hackers were behind the DNC and Podesta hacks and other alleged attacks, there are reports out there disputing that claim. In addition, as former FBI Director James Comey testified in February that Russian hackers attempted to breach Republican National Committee computers too but only gained â€œlimitedâ€ access to old computer systems that were â€œno longer in use.â€