In this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. The secretary of state under President Barack Obama, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. senator from Massachusetts was the target of at least five phishing emails during June-December 2015 at his Gmail address, according to data from the cybersecurity firm Secureworks. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP)
The hackers who disrupted the U.S. presidential election had ambitions well beyond Hillary Clinton’s campaign, targeting the emails of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, U.S. defense contractors and thousands of others of interest to the Kremlin, according to a previously unpublished digital hit list obtained by The Associated Press. For a deep dive into the operation, read Russia hackers had targets worldwide, beyond US election. Here is a look at some high-profile targets:
Secretary of state under President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, former U.S. senator from Massachusetts.
Kerry was the target of at least five phishing emails between June and December 2015, when he was secretary of state.
Secretary of state under President George W. Bush, national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His leaked emails made headlines when they were published by DCLeaks in September 2016.
Powell was targeted by a phishing email in June 2015.
Commander in chief of U.S. European Command, candidate for Democratic presidential nomination in 2003.
Target of as many as a dozen phishing emails from April to December 2015 at his Gmail address.
President of Ukraine, businessman, moved country toward closer relations with the West, presided over a war against Russian-backed separatists that began in 2014.
Targeted repeatedly by Fancy Bear from April to September 2015.
Former Russian oil tycoon who was once one of the country’s richest men, imprisoned in 2003 on politically driven charges of fraud and tax evasion, released in 2013 and flown out of the country, now a resident of Switzerland and promotes democratic reform in Russia.
Was targeted as many as 13 times from March to December 2015.
MARIA “MASHA” ALEKHINA
Russian political activist, member of protest punk rock group Pussy Riot, convicted in 2012 of hooliganism and released from prison in 2013.
Target of three phishing emails from March to April 2015 at her Gmail address.