DNC Missed Opportunities to Halt Damage from Russian Hackers

An examination by The New York Times of the Russian operation to hack the computer network of the Democratic National Committee — based on interviews with dozens of players targeted in the attack, intelligence officials who investigated it and Obama administration officials who deliberated over the best response — reveals a series of missed signals, slow responses and a continuing underestimation of the seriousness of the cyberattack. The DNC's fumbling encounter with the FBI in September 2015 meant the best chance to halt the Russian intrusion was lost, and the failure to grasp the scope of the attacks undercut efforts to minimize their impact.