Hackers have breached computers used by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign team, according to Reuters.
A Trump staffer’s email was originally compromised by malware and subsequently infected at some point in 2015, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed campaign insider and security expert with knowledge of the incident.
At the moment, little is known about the breach. It remains unclear, for example, if the hacker was able to gain lateral access to other campaign computers, which contain separate data.
A Trump campaign spokesperson did not respond to FedScoop’s request for comment.
Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike — a company that has already scored notable contracts with both the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — was originally named by Reuters as having been hired to provide support to Trump’s camp.
However, FedScoop has learned CrowdStrike is not consulting or providing direct support to the Trump campaign. Executives leading the firm have not met with Trump or his campaign as a result of the breach. It is possible, however, that a Trump campaign employee purchased off-the-shelf CrowdStrike products to deploy throughout the campaign’s operations.
A spokesperson for the cybersecurity firm could not confirm the report because: “Unless we get permission from our customers, we can’t disclose who we’re working with, or not, regardless of rumors or speculation.”