The Plot to Hack America


Genre Science, Education

Year 2016

ISBN: 978-1-510-72332-0

Language English

Volume book: Full version

In April 2016, computer technicians at the Democratic National Committee discovered that someone had accessed the organization’s computer servers and conducted a theft that is best described as Watergate 2.0. In the weeks that followed, the nation’s top computer security experts discovered that the cyber thieves had helped themselves to everything: sensitive documents, emails, donor information, even voice mails.

Soon after, the remainder of the Democratic Party machine, the congressional campaign, the Clinton campaign, and their friends and allies in the media were also hacked. Credit cards numbers, phone numbers, and contacts were stolen. In short order, the FBI found that more than twenty-five state election offices had their voter registration systems probed or attacked by the same hackers.

Western intelligence agencies tracked the hack to Russian spy agencies and dubbed them the CYBER BEARS. The media was soon flooded with the stolen information channeled through Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. It was a massive attack on America but the Russian hacks appeared to have a singular goal—elect Donald J. Trump as president of the United States.

New York Times

The Plot to Hack America

Praise for Malcolm Nance’s bestselling :ON RUSSIAN HACKINGRUSSIA’S RESPONSE

“I really think the [2016 Presidential] candidates ought to read this…. You should buy this book.”

—RACHEL MADDOW, The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC

“A comprehensive, authoritative, and detailed compendium on the Islamic State (ISIS).”

“In his detailed and informed study Nance argues that, in effect, America’s War on Terror created a new breed of vicious terrorists who wear the mask of Islam like actors in a Kabuki theatre while carrying out horrifically un-Islamic acts.”

—RICHARD ENGEL, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News, from his foreword

“Putin and the leaders throughout the world have no respect for our country anymore and they certainly have no respect for our leader.”

—DONALD TRUMP, Republican presidential candidate and president of the Trump Organization

“We know that Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC and we know that they arranged for a lot of those emails to be released…. But I think laying out the facts raises serious issues about Russian interference in our elections, in our democracy.”

—HILLARY CLINTON, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State

“What we do know is that the Russians hack our systems. Not just government systems, but private systems.”


“As an American double agent who worked against Russian intelligence in the US, this book shows how Putin’s spies stop at nothing.”

—NAVEED JAMALI, former double agent and author of

“I wouldn’t know anything about it. You know, there are so many hackers today and they work with such finesse, planting a trail where and when they need…. It’s difficult to trace, if even possible…. The important thing here is what the public was shown…. One shouldn’t draw the public attention from the core of the issue by replacing it with secondary details like who did it.”


“Overall, we still see attempts to use—manically use—the Russian issue during the US electoral campaign…. The absurd claims were immediately refuted directly by a presidential candidate’s family.”

—DMITRY PESKOV, Russian government spokesman

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