Targeted hack directed at Democratic National Committee


In August 2018, the US Democratic National Committee notified the FBI that the San Francisco-based security company Lookout and the cloud service provider DigitalOcean had detected an attempted hack targeted at the DNC voter database. The attack took the form of a fake DNC login page intended to trick people into disclosing their usernames and passwords thinking they were accessing the DNC's VoteBuilder platrform. Lookout believes it found the site within 30 minutes of its going up online, but does not know who was behind the attack. In 2016, Russians who hacked the DNC's computers released thousands of emails online in the middle of the presidential election.

writer: Ellen Nakashima and Craig Timberg
Publication:  Washington Post

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