Report: Democratic National Committee reports hack to FBI
On Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee reported an attempted hack of it”s voter database to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The report, first noted by the Washington Post, came two years after Russian hackers reportedly hacked into the DNC email database and released thousands of emails in the midst of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House.
According to the report and DNC officials, the source of the latest hack is not known, outside of the fact that the hack was unsuccessful.
“This attempt is further proof that there are constant threats as we head into midterm elections and we must remain vigilant in order to prevent future attacks,” DNC security chief Bob Lord said to the Post. “While it’s clear that the actors were going after the party’s most sensitive information — the voter file — the DNC was able to prevent the hack by working with the cyber ecosystem to identify it and take steps to stop it.
“These threats are serious and that’s why it’s critical that we all work together, but we can’t do this alone,” Lord added. “We need the [Trump] administration to take more aggressive steps to protect our voting systems. It is their responsibility to protect our democracy from these types of attacks.”
Lookout, a San Francisco-based security firm and Digital Ocean, a cloud service firm, first alerted the DNC to the attempted breach. According to the Post, a fake DNC login page was created to gain usernames and passwords of unsuspecting visitors to the site.
Lookout detected a phishing site and reported the incident to the DNC on Monday night, according to Mike Murray, Lookout’s vice president of security intelligence.
Josh Feinbloom, Digital Ocean’s chief security officer, said they are “continuing to partner with the DNC and law enforcement agencies on the issue.”
“We take this, and all types of abuse of our services, seriously, and remain focused on making the internet a safer place,” Feinbloom stated.
Last month House Republicans voted down a measure to increase election security spending. Democrats used the hacking attempt to speak out on the spending measure failure.
This hacking attempt comes just weeks after @HouseGOP voted AGAINST funding for voting protections.
Our intel community warned us about this, and now its happening.
This isn't "fake news" – its a REAL attack on our democracy. We need to act.https://t.co/cwLlo0Sn2G
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) August 22, 2018
“This hacking attempt comes only weeks after @HouseGOP voted AGAINST funding for voting protections. “Our intel community warned us about this, and now it’s happening. This isn’t “fake news” – it’s a REAL attack on our democracy. We need to act,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, in a tweet.
Matthew Clark is an Executive Editor of The Daily Lead.