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Russian hackers break into DNC network; White House assigns blame to… (wait for it…)

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By Doug Powers  •  June 14, 2016 01:54 PM

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The wind-up:

The Democratic National Committee’s computer network was breached by Russian government cyber operations that have had access to the group’s communications and databases since at least last summer, NBC News confirms.

The sophisticated Russian groups, which have previously targeted the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, specifically concentrated on the DNC’s research units and had access to all of the committee’s internal communications, including chat and email applications.

And the pitch:

The White House reacted to reports that Russian hackers penetrated the Democratic National Committee’s computer network by complaining that Republicans have blocked additional money for funds to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity.

“This administration takes our nation’s cybersecurity quite seriously,” press secretary Josh Earnest said, referring to a proposal in the president’s budget that would increase resources to guard the nation against hacks of this nature.

“Republicans for the first time in 40 years declined to even hold a hearing on that specific budget proposal, which means that the president has put forward a specific plan, laid out exactly how he believes we should pay for [enhancing] our nation’s cybersecurity, and Republicans in the House and Senate have indicated they don’t even want to talk about it,” Earnest said. “So, that’s rather disappointing.”

What? No blame for the NRA? Maybe the White House is working on a statement.

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