The FBI is reportedly investigating a series of hacks targeting reporters at The New York Times and other media outlets.
According to CNN, U.S. officials have been briefed on the ongoing investigation, conducted by the FBI and other security agencies. The report did not disclose whether the attacks were limited to personal or company accounts, or were a combination of both.
The breaches were detected within the last few months, and are believed to be the work of Russian intelligence. Investigators say the attacks could be related to the recent high-profile hack of the Democratic National Committee, which resulted in the resignation of party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
U.S. security officials suspect the Times hack is part of a broader campaign of security breaches targeting “non-governmental organizations with windows into the U.S. political system,” according to CNN. The paper has reportedly turned to outside experts to work with the FBI on the investigation.
“Like most news organizations we are vigilant about guarding against attempts to hack into our systems,” New York Times Co. spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told CNN. “There are a variety of approaches we take up to and including working with outside investigators and law enforcement. We won’t comment on any specific attempt to gain unauthorized access to The Times.”
The hacker group Guccifer 2.0 claimed responsibility for the DNC hack ahead of the party’s convention last month, but security experts have said strong evidence suggests the involvement of Russian intelligence groups.