DNC informs FBI of new cyber-attack of voter database

The Democratic National Committee told the FBI on Wednesday that hackers have just attempted another attack on its voter database much like the one in 2016.
By Rick Docksai | Jan 11, 2019
The Democratic National Committee told the FBI this week that hackers again attempted to infiltrate its voter database. A Democratic source told CNN that the attack closely resembled the 2016 cyberattack that led to the leaking of thousands of Democratic leaders' emails and information to Wikileaks.

According to the source, the DNC got word of the hacking attempt Tuesday when its cloud-service provider issued an alert of a fake login site that someone had created a fake login page and was using to try to steal usernames and passwords from the database's legitimate users. The site was set up to look like the real website that Democratic officials and candidates use to access the database.

The scheme was what security experts call a "spear-phishing" attack, in which hackers send their victims emails and URLs that appear to come from legitimate sources. In this attack, the intended victims would have signed onto the fake login page and unwittingly given their credentials away.

The DNC did not find any signs that the hackers had accessed the database or altered its data, according to the source. But the DNC's chief security officer, Bob Lord warned in a Wednesday statement that hackers will continue to threaten voting systems, and he called on the White House to do more to prevent future hacks.

"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," Lord said.

The news comes a day after Microsoft announced that it had shut down six domains that were posing as websites for the Senate and conservative think tanks. Microsoft attributed the fake sites to Fancy Bear, the same Russian hacker group behind the 2016 DNC hack.


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