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Clinton campaign 'hacked' , Democratic groups Russia and Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has been hacked as part of a larger cyber attack against Democratic Party institutions, US media report.

The latest hack follows two data breaches involving the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

US officials widely believe that the cyber attacks were committed by agents working for the Russian government.

Russian Capabilty

Experts say the Russian state, via the FSB, has a well developed offensive hacking capability. It has previously been accused of deploying that capability in Estonia, Georgia and Ukraine. Russian military intelligence, GRU, is known to have similar capabilities, said Andrei Soldatov, an expert on the FSB and co-author of Red Web, a book about the Kremlin's sprawling surveillance machine.

There are also other non-state hacker groups which experts say sometimes collaborate with the security services, motivated by patriotism or money.

Mark Galeotti, senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague,said Russia's capacity to mount cyber attacks had increased over the past two years. Previously, Moscow would force amateur hackers into its service, he said, but lately "what we are seeing is much more of a push towards creating professional in-house capacity".

In this case, however, Soldatov said he thought it more likely that amateur hackers would have been responsible for the U.S. hack rather than the FSB or GRU who, if involved at all, would have played only a very minor role.

One reason for reaching that conclusion was how sloppily and hastily prepared the cover-up of the hack looked, he said.

Clinton "no evidence"  Rebuttal
Clinton's, said her press secretary Nick Merrill, there was "no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised".

The FBI said it was investigating the allegations and the extent of any hacking.

Hacked emails from Democratic National Committee were leaked last week on the eve of the party's convention.

The emails showed Democratic Party officials were biased against Bernie Sanders in his primary race against Mrs Clinton.

The hack led to the resignation of the party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz [below] and sparked protests at the convention in Philadelphia .

In addition to the attack on the Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), was also found to have been compromised.

The DCCC works to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates. They said in a statement early on Friday that they have hired cyber security firm CrowdStrike to help with the investigation.

Hackers may have been able to access the Democrats' political strategy documents as well as opposition research conducted against Republican candidates.

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