Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials have revealed that Russian state-sponsored hackers have compromised and stolen information from a DNC database containing research on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
DNC officials and cybersecurity experts from industry firm CrowdStrike have said that Russian hackers have breached a database that contains DNC research of Republican presidential probable Donald Trump.
As revealed to The Washington Post, those involved in the investigation of the breach have pointed to a complete compromise of the database. Cyberespionage hackers from Russia were able to read all email communications and chat traffic, officials stated.
Amazingly, hackers had access to the network used by the DNC for a year before the latter got around to reinforcing cybersecurity measures last week, booting all unauthorized connections to the network.
The cyberespionage agents from Russia, much like those from the United States, have a keen interest in ascertaining any available information about a potential future president of the other country. With this in mind, it’s entirely likely that hackers would seek the strengths and weaknesses of Donald Trump, as accumulated by his political opposition.
Following knowledge of a possible breach, the DNC called in cybersecurity yfirm CrowdStrike, who quickly got to work in installing tracking software on DNC networks and computers to gather data relating to the breach.
Soon enough, CrowdStrike narrowed the investigation down to two Russian government-backed government groups. One, dubbed Cozy Bear by CrowdStrike who have been keeping tabs on the two groups, had gained access to DNC’s email and chat communications last summer. The other, Fancy Bear, compromised the network in late April before targeting Donald Trump’s files.
The data and research on Trump went back years, according to DNC chief executive Amy Dacey.
CrowdStrike president Shawn Henry stated:
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 U.S. government. There are a variety of ways. [Hacking] is one of the more valuable because it gives you a treasure trove of information.
CrowdStrike continues its forensic investigation of the breach and has, in the meantime, installed software on every computer and server in the DNC network to warn them against any further attempts of a breach.
Meanwhile, Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin’s spokesman told Reuters in Moscow:
I completely rule out a possibility that the (Russian) government or the government bodies have been involved in this.