U.S. Intelligence: Foreign Hackers Spying on Campaigns

WASHINGTON (AP) -
In this photo taken Feb. 9, 2016, Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Intelligence agencies are considering eliminating the government’s lowest category of classified information _ a step a top official has said could simplify the system used to guard intelligence and could prevent unnecessary secrecy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The nation’s top intelligence official says the U.S. has seen indications of foreign hackers spying on the presidential candidates.

The activity follows a pattern noticed during the past two presidential elections.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says FBI and Homeland Security Department officials are working with the campaigns to help them tighten security.

Clapper said Wednesday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington that the intelligence community expects more cyber threats against the campaigns.

Foreign hacking was rampant during the 2008 presidential election and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were targets of Chinese cyberattacks in the 2012 campaign. Experts say neither Donald Trump’s nor Hillary Clinton’s campaign networks are secure enough to stop them.