Hackers hit both of the US Presidential candidates earlier this year.


Newsweek has revealed that both John McCain and President-elect Barack Obama had their campaign computers hit earlier in the year.


It was reported that Obama was affected by a piece of malware that was downloaded from a phishing site with the FBI and White House officials informing the Obama campaign that a foreign entity or organisation was likely responsible, not political opponents.


Research from technical experts on the Democratic campaign has speculated that the hackers were Russian or Chinese. They claim that the files accessed appear to be policy-related and thus potentially useful in future negotiations with a new presidential administration.


The magazine reported that an FBI agent and the Secret Service told the campaign that: “You have a problem way bigger than what you understand. You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system.”


The FBI was also involved in a compromise on the campaign computer for the Republican candidate John McCain. A federal investigation into both attacks is under way.