The Federal Bureau of Investigation thinks Russian hackers may have targeted the mobile phones of democratic party officials, according to Reuters. The US government also blamed Russia for the hack on the Democratic National Committee, which exposed a trove of embarrassing internal emails and documents.
According to the report, elected officials may be among those targeted by the attacks. Mobile phones are full of vital information hackers could be seeking, and they also include a variety of real-time information information like GPS coordinates, as well as hijackable hardware like microphones and cameras. A hacked phone is effectively a fully-featured surveillance device—which says nothing of all the sensitive data that might be on board.