Hit list exposes Russian hacking beyond US elections

Seen though an interior window, employees work in the offices of Secureworks in Atlanta on Oct. 4, 2017. Nineteen thousand lines of targeting data obtained from threat intelligence firm Secureworks lays out in unprecedented detail who the hackers tried to compromise, providing a minute-by-minute look at how the group often dubbed "Fancy Bear" penetrated the Democratic National Committee, tried to break into the Clinton campaign and eventually stole chairman John Podesta's emails. (AP Photo/Marina Hutchinson)

A digital hit list obtained by The Associated Press reveals an espionage campaign that not only disrupted the U.S. presidential election, but also sought to spy on thousands of targets around the world

WASHINGTON — A digital hit list obtained by The Associated Press reveals an espionage campaign that not only disrupted the U.S. presidential election but also sought to spy on thousands of targets around the world.

The targets ran the gamut: Ukrainian politicians, Syrian rebels and even the punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow.

The list provides the most detailed forensic evidence yet of the close alignment between the hackers and the Russian government, exposing an operation that stretched back years and tried to break into the inboxes of 4,700 Gmail users across the globe.

The AP findings draw on a database of 19,000 malicious links collected by cybersecurity firm Secureworks, dozens of rogue emails, and interviews with more than 100 hacking targets.

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