Reports of hackers breaching the security of tech companies and government organizations are not new. But when the attack is on the campaign of the presidential candidate of the world’s oldest democracy, you know how grim the state of cyber-security is.
According to a report in the Reuters, hackers attacked the campaign of Hilary Clinton who recently became the first woman presidential candidate of the US. The attack was a part of a larger attack on Democratic political organizations. The spokesperson of Clinton’s campaign, Nick Merrill confirmed the report in a statement,
An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a number of other entities, was accessed as part of the DNC hack. Our campaign computer system has been under review by outside security experts. To date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised.
Notably, hackers recently also breached the security of Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee(DCCC). At that time, more than 19,000 emails from DNC officials got online on WikiLeaks. And that was just prior to the Democratic National Convention.
In the latest instance, the analytics data program under attack contained crucial data of voters. The campaign committee often use this data for planning their activities. And hackers apparently had access to the entire network of the fund-raising campaign of DCCC.
However, it did not contain any sensitive information like social security numbers or credit card numbers. But still, the U.S. Department of Justice national security division is also investigating the matter to find out if this attack could compromise the internal security of the country.
The US intelligence officials are suspecting Russian hackers behind this security breach. Earlier this week also, the officials had pointed Russia as behind the emails leak from the DNC. They had apparently tracked the hackers based on malware analysis and other aspects of the hack.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the matter. It said that it was aware of the breach reports and working to determine nature, accuracy, and scope of those matters.
The FBI takes seriously any allegations of intrusions, and we will continue to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,
said FBI in a statement.