Eric O'Neill, National Security Strategist at Carbon Black, points to lower-key break-ins during the last two U.S. elections. "In 2008, foreign intelligence services sought to recruit staffers, used human sources for policy insights, and engaged in hacking of both Obama and McCain's campaigns. One stolen letter, blamed on China, showed McCain supporting Taiwan—certainly information China would want to know about a potential next president. In 2012, Romney's website was attacked and sabotaged, costing the Romney campaign precious donations. Typically spy agencies want this sort of information to inform their geopolitical maneuvering and be able to effectively pivot to address changes in an administration or new international policies that may occur after a new president takes the Oval Office."