DNC Reveals Failed Attempt To Hack Its Voter Database

The Democratic National Committee has reached out to the FBI after an attempt to hack into its voter database was discovered

The Democratic National Committee has reached out to the FBI after an attempt to hack into its voter database was discovered

During the 2016 United States presidential election, Russian hackers infiltrated the DNC using a similar "spear phishing" method, according to indictments filed in July against 12 Russian agents. The committee notified law enforcement.

Lord said conversations among DNC executives and Michigan Party officials and employees are ongoing.

An influential Michigan DNC member, Barry Goodman, said Thursday that he and other prominent Democrats in the state were unaware of the scheme. "We, along with the partners who reported the [fake] site, now believe it was built by a third party as part of a simulated phishing test on VoteBuilder", he said in a statement.

Democrats have invested heavily in bolstering party cyber defences after USA intelligence agencies determined that Russian Federation used hacking as part of an effort to bolster support for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The news also places additional pressure on President Donald Trump to take action, even though he downplayed Russia's involvement as recently as Monday.

"These threats are serious and that's why it's critical that we all work together, but we can't do this alone". "We need the [Trump] administration to take more aggressive steps to protect our voting systems".

A scheme discovered and shut down Tuesday involved trying to steal usernames and passwords of Democratic Party officials by way of a fake login page for VoteBuilder, the service that hosts the DNC's voter database.

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CNN's Democratic source believes that this hacking attempt was unsuccessful.

"These types of attacks are incredibly simple and often the most simple techniques are the most widespread techniques", he said.

"It's easy to invade the website of organizations like the DNC and it's easy to implant bad information, it's so easy we see phising on the rise everywhere this election season", said Patterson.

News of the hacking attempt comes after Microsoft announced Tuesday it had uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting USA political groups ahead of the midterm elections.

"Everyone is very jumpy and they check under their beds at night for Russian trolls", said Jim Lewis, a hacking expert with the Washington-based Centre for Strategic & International Studies. Cyberattacks against the USA electoral process have only ramped up since.

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