Russian government hackers breached the computer network of the Democratic National Committee to obtain the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, say the officials.
Reported by BBC, the hack did not expose financial or personal information, however, hackers were able to read all email and chats.
The DNC’s computer network was infiltrated in a ‘serious’ incident, said chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She also pointed out that a cyber security firm has been hired to help, to kick out the intruders and secure our network.
However, Russia denied the DNC hack.
In a statement to Reuters Moscow, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman said, ‘I completely rule out a possibility that the [Russian] government or the government bodies have been involved in this.’
The official said that hacker—two separated ‘sophisticated adversaries’ who had access to the DNC network has been expelled in a major compute cleanup campaign.
Cyber security firm CrowdStrike said, ‘Both adversaries engage in extensive political and economic espionage for the benefit of the government of the Russian Federation and are believed to be closely linked to the Russian governments powerful and highly capable intelligence services.’
Other organisations targeted by Russian spies include network of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as were the computers of some Republican political action committees, US official said in a statement, reported by The Washington Post.