Russian government hackers gained access to the Democratic National Committee website where they had access to ALL of the democrats’ oppositional research on Donald Trump. They were also able to read all chats and emails. The hackers had this access for over a year.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chairman of the DNC admitted the breach in their system on Tuesday,
“The security of our system is critical to our operation and to the confidence of the campaigns and state parties we work with,” she said. “When we discovered the intrusion, we treated this like the serious incident it is and reached out to [cybersecurity firm] CrowdStrike immediately. Our team moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network.”
The DNC said that no financial, donor or personal information appears to have been accessed or taken, suggesting that the breach was traditional espionage, not the work of criminal hackers.
The intrusions are an example of Russia’s interest in the U.S. political system and its desire to understand the policies, strengths and weaknesses of a potential future president — much as American spies gather similar information on foreign candidates and leaders.
The Russian Embassy denied any knowledge of the security breach.
Crowdstrike blog describes what they found in the hack here.