Trump data held by Democrats was 'hacked by Russia'

Two hacker groups 'gathered information on presidential candidate Donald Trump'

Russian government hackers have allegedly infiltrated Democratic National Committee (DNC) computers in order to gather research and other data on presidential candidate Donald Trump, it has been claimed.

No personal or financial data was stolen, the Washington Post reports, though committee officials and security experts who responded to the security breach claim the hackers gained access to all email and chat traffic present in the data.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Some hackers had access to the network for over a year, according to the publication.

It is thought that hackers gained access to the network via 'spearphishing' emails containing malicious software attachments sent to DNC employees. The intruders have now been 'kicked out' and the network secured, according to DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Shawn Henry, president of the cybersecurity firm called upon to handle the DNC breach, CrowdStrike, and former head of the cyber division at the FBI, told the Post: "It's the job of every foreign intelligence service to collect intelligence against their adversaries.

"We're perceived as an adversary of Russia. Their job when they wake up every day is to gather intelligence against the policies, practices and strategies of the US government. There are a variety of ways. [Hacking] is one of the more valuable because it gives you a treasure trove of information."

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The breach was discovered by the DNC when its IT team alerted leaders to unusual network activity back in April. After installing CrowdStrike software on computers, the firm was able to identify the presence of two separate hacker groups Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear - both affiliated with the Russian government.

The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted, but Russia has denied involvement with the hacking.

A Kremlin spokesman told Reuters: "I completely rule out a possibility that the [Russian] government or the government bodies have been involved in this."

Featured Resources

Staying ahead of the game in the world of data

Create successful marketing campaigns by understanding your customers better

Download now

Remote working 2020: Advantages and challenges

Discover how to overcome remote working challenges

Download now

Keep your data available with snapshot technology

Synology’s solution to your data protection problem

Download now

After the lockdown - reinventing the way your business works

Your guide to ensuring business continuity, no matter the crisis

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

British teenager charged over Twitter hack
hacking

British teenager charged over Twitter hack

3 Aug 2020
Mid-year report says vulnerabilities up 22% in 2020
hacking

Mid-year report says vulnerabilities up 22% in 2020

30 Jul 2020
BlackRock banking Trojan targets Android apps
trojans

BlackRock banking Trojan targets Android apps

27 Jul 2020
Election officials are vulnerable to phishing attacks, report warns
phishing

Election officials are vulnerable to phishing attacks, report warns

27 Jul 2020

Most Popular

How do you build a great customer experience?
Sponsored

How do you build a great customer experience?

20 Jul 2020
Labour Party donors caught up in Blackbaud data breach
data breaches

Labour Party donors caught up in Blackbaud data breach

31 Jul 2020
Why it’s time to expand beyond 16:9 monitors
Advertisement Feature

Why it’s time to expand beyond 16:9 monitors

21 Jul 2020