Hacking the Election: special report

Hackers are already shaping U.S. election coverage with data leaks

Russian state-sponsored hackers have been blamed for recent high-profile breaches

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Hackers are becoming a major source of political leaks in this year’s presidential race.

Case in point: On Tuesday, stolen emails from former secretary of state Colin Powell became headline news after a mysterious site with possible ties to Russian cyber spies gave them to the press. Since then, media outlets have been pointing out juicy details found in the emails. For example, Powell called Clinton “greedy” and her rival Donald Trump a “national disgrace.”

The incident has security experts worried that hackers are manipulating U.S. media outlets to influence this year’s election.

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