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FBI investigating another cyber attack on U.S. Democratic Party

by Todd Haselton | July 29, 2016July 29, 2016 1:30 pm PST


A hacker (or hackers) recently cracked into the Democratic National Party and published details on email exchanges on Wikileaks. Now a second incident has occurred, Reuters said Friday, noting that the FBI has started to investigate.

Reuters said that this attack seems to have been in an attempt to “gather data on donors” to the Democratic National Party “rather than to steal money.”

The last breach involved email exchanges between the former head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who resigned after emails suggested she was working against the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.

This one was a bit different. According to Reuters, an IP address that “resembled one used by Russian government-linked hackers” that may have been involved in the previous hack, was linked to a fake website asking for donations to the Democratic Party. Instead of running donations through a third party firm named “ActBlue,” they were filtered through the fake website, it seems. That means donor information may have been passed through the hands of hackers.

Investigators will continue to dig to find out who is behind the attack. A member of the Democratic Party, speaking to Reuters, suggested it was Republican candidate Donald Trump’s doing. Other sources think it might be hackers in Russia, possibly affiliated with the Kremlin. Russia has denied any involvement in any attacks.

This is yet another reminder how important security is, though. No matter who is behind the attack, it’s dangerous for these sorts of things to happen, especially during the election of the next U.S. president.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...