The Wall Street Journal: Hackers, allegedly Russian, targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill’s staff

WASHINGTON — Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat facing a tough re-election fight, said Thursday that hackers aiming to steal staffers’ passwords failed to infiltrate her Senate office computers, an attempted breach that echoed high-profile thefts during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Earlier Thursday, the Daily Beast website reported that hackers tied to Russia’s GRU intelligence service used a phishing technique to try to trick McCaskill staffers into clicking on malicious web links in order to steal their passwords, citing its own forensic analysis. The involvement of Russian intelligence in the attack couldn’t immediately be independently confirmed.

“Russia continues to engage in cyber warfare against our democracy,” McCaskill said in a statement.

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