FBI probing cyber breach of NY Times journalists

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The FBI is investigating the possible hack by Russian intelligence agencies of the New York Times and other news organizations, according to a CNN report. New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy said the publication is working with outside investigators and law enforcement.

The hackers appear to be targeting news organizations as part of its larger assault on political groups - mostly Democratic ones, CNN reported.

"We won't comment on any specific attempt to gain unauthorized access to The Times", she added.

Every day, the scope of alleged Russian hacking against US organizations widens.

The apparent Russian hacking campaign against USA organizations became a major issue in the presidential campaign after what are believed to be Russian hackers broke into the computers of the Democratic National Committee.

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US security officials suspect the Times hack is part of a broader campaign of security breaches targeting "non-governmental organizations with windows into the USA political system", according to CNN. That hack was thought to have been carried out by Russian hackers as well.

The Democratic National Committee, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign and the party's congressional fundraising committee have all been affected.

The official says the breach is believed to have targeted some individual reporters, but the newspaper's network was not compromised. In July, hackers released a trove of DNC emails just before the party's convention that led to the resignation of then-party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

That, in turn, led the Clinton campaign to accuse Moscow of trying to tilt the election toward GOP nominee Donald Trump, who has espoused a series of policies welcomed by Russian Federation.

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