November 6th, 2008
03:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Computers of Obama, McCain campaigns hacked

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Computers at the headquarters of the Obama and McCain campaigns were hacked CNN confirms.
Computers at the headquarters of the Obama and McCain campaigns were hacked CNN confirms.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Computers at the headquarters of the Barack Obama and John McCain campaigns were hacked in mid-summer by a foreign government or organization, a source with knowledge of the incidents confirms to CNN.

Another source, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation, says federal investigators approached both campaigns with information the U.S. government had about the hacking, and the campaigns then hired private companies to mitigate the problem.

U.S. authorities, according to one of the sources, believe they know who the foreign entity responsible for the hacking is, but refused to identify it in any way, including what country.

The source, confirming the attacks that were first reported by Newsweek, said the sophisticated intrusions appeared aimed at gaining information about the evolution of policy positions in order to gain leverage in future dealings with whoever was elected.

The FBI is investigating, one of the sources confirmed to CNN. The FBI and Secret Service refused comment on the incidents.

The sources refused to speak on the record due to the ongoing investigation and also because it is a sensitive matter involving presidential politics.

As described by a Newsweek reporter with special access while working on a post-campaign special, workers in Obama headquarters first detected what they thought was a computer virus that was trying to obtain personal information of users.

The next day, agents from the FBI and Secret Service came to the office and said, "You have a problem way bigger than what you understand... you have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system."

One of the sources told CNN the hacking into the McCain campaign computers occurred around the same time as the breach into those of Obama's campaign.

Representatives of the campaigns could not be reached for comment on the matter.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. John Q. Cynic

    The international spy network, believes one of the two presidential candidates had the special recipe, that makes up the American secret meat aka SPAM.

    November 6, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    "U.S. authorities, according to one of the sources, believe they know who the foreign entity responsible for the hacking is, but refused to identify it in any way, including what country."

    Come on, Republicans! Some other foreicn entity? Really... ? McCain and Camp with the complete approval and support of the Bush administration! Seriously....

    November 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Jose A Rodriguez Lugo

    I appears to me that whoever is modersating this "ploitical Ticker Blog" doesn't like to allow my comments to go thru. I have written several and they have all been rejected. (mind you in Political Ticker). Is it because of my surname? I would hope not. However, wherever I go I'll be sure to inform everyone that I know that this appears to be the case. I'll take my business elasewhere.

    November 6, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Watergate 2008? McCain lost, so someone had to cover their BUTTS.

    November 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Jonathan M.

    I think it was Canada. Seriously, what are they doing with that CN Tower....suspicious much?

    November 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown

    Israel?

    November 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. felicia

    Here it is , all non AA is anti-AA if you was born to a AA man and woman your AA. I don't care who you are asian, white, germans, who ever, all of you people think your better then AA. But let me tell you, your not we are the epitomy of america were the ones who built it with blood sweat and tears. We've earned President Obama's historical win. So will everyone else who is not AA take a seat, sit down and shut up! You are all fake remember what the Ojay's sanged (THEY SMILE IN YOUR FACE, ALL THE TIME THEY WANT TO TAKE YOUR PLACE THEM BACKSTABBERS.

    November 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. anna from annapolis

    I would bet the foreign entity is Israel which has caught spying on us in the past.

    November 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Rave

    Hey, when did Palin learn to hack into computers.
    Her running mate couldn't use a computer.. so it has to be her.

    November 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. I'll see your ten bucks

    and raise you 10 more it was Israel....betcha

    Its an ally .....or the name of the nation would be released.

    Its an ally that has a large ad influential population here in the US.

    Betcha Betcha Betcha : p

    November 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. I'll see your ten bucks

    and raise you 10 more it was Israel....betcha

    Its an ally .....or the name of the nation would be released.

    Its an ally that has a large and influential population here in the US.

    Betcha Betcha Betcha : p

    November 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Griff

    President! Means now?:?????? Mr Lou Dobbs...... Borack Obama is History....... Where the hell did you go to School?....
    America is History! Don't listen to me..... You!!!!! You allowed this trash to happen.... God Bless, Mr Cafferty, and Mr Blitzer! Mr 360???? Mr Lou Dobbs..... America Bon Voyage!!!!! You still live in the 1776's

    November 6, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Jessica from Michigan

    Hey! What about Joe the Plumber? What does he think about this?

    November 6, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. sandee in Portland

    I have never seen so many words misspelled by so many people that continuously put down other people's thoughts as stupid. If all those people are as smart as they think they are, why can't they spell better or put together a more cohesive sentence.

    November 6, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. Jessica from Michigan

    UUUmmm! Tim, Bush is still in charge, last I checked.

    November 6, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. Jessica from Michigan

    Here's a good one.

    A rancher cut his hand severely, and visited the local doctor. As he was stitching up his hand the doctor asked, "so, what do you think of Sarah Palin?"

    The rancher responded, "I think she's a post turtle?"

    "What's a post turtle?", replied the doctor.

    "Well, you know, when you're driving down a country road, and see, perched on top of a fence post, a turtle. You think to yourself, knowing the turtle didn't get up there by itself, 'who's the idiot that put that turtle up there?' and 'why on earth would they do that to that poor turtle?" and you know that the turtle does not know what to do atop that post, and has no idea how to get down,"

    Well, ends up, the turtle got shot down by two boys with bb guns!

    McCain pu

    November 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Jessica from Michigan

    Here's a good one.

    A rancher cut his hand severely, and visited the local doctor. As he was stitching up his hand the doctor asked, "so, what do you think of Sarah Palin?"

    The rancher responded, "I think she's a post turtle?"

    "What's a post turtle?", replied the doctor.

    "Well, you know, when you're driving down a country road, and see, perched on top of a fence post, a turtle. You think to yourself, knowing the turtle didn't get up there by itself, 'who's the idiot that put that turtle up there?' and 'why on earth would they do that to that poor turtle?" and you know that the turtle does not know what to do atop that post, and has no idea how to get down,"

    Well, ends up, the turtle got shot down by two boys with bb guns!

    McCain put that turtle up there!

    November 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Te

    Gov. Palin calling from her Alaska office is still insisting that the signs in the sun, the moons, and the stars should be imminent.

    She really believes the election is not over.

    November 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. Josh

    I think China did it, they've been hacking into DoD systems for years, and if we aren't careful could completely the entire US American government over the Internet. The new red button should be a switch to turn off all foreign internet connections.

    November 6, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Proud Military Wife

    To Janet: Could you please explain your statement how Obama is going to keep us safe from terrorists since you have so eloquently stated that "he don't play when it comes to getting on his nerves or bad side?" Additionally, I am intrigued as to how "he will protect us from the hackers" since probably the Patriot Act will be shreaded to bits or used to train the new family dog. As to "that the foreign country will be nice to us from now on and stop the madness" to which country are you referring? Canada? France? Mexico? Russia? India?

    If you believe that the world is a nice place and that "everyone" will live together in peace, holding hands singing in harmony just ask the three thousand plus people who died on 9/11. The world is not a nice place and there are people who do not like us for the reason of simply being Americans, regardless of who occupies the White House. Obama will find out sooner or later that being President of the USA is not an easy job.

    November 6, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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