The DNC called the FBI after a sophisticated hacking attempt where some foreign actor, a.k.a Russia tried to gain access to their voter database.
The DNC was alerted in the early hours of Tuesday morning by a cloud service provider and a security research firm that a fake login page had been created in an attempt to gather usernames and passwords that would allow access to the party’s database, the source said.
The page was designed to look like the access page Democratic Party officials and campaigns across the country use to log into a service called Votebuilder, which hosts the database, the source said, adding the DNC believed it was designed to trick people into handing over their login details.
The source said the DNC is investigating who may have been responsible for the attempted attack, but that it has no reason to believe its voter file was accessed or altered.
Why The Russians Want Voter Files
The Russians need Democratic voter files to know where to target their fake news and propaganda. The Russians are looking for data so that they can micro target Democratic voters in elections. The voter files are important because they contain everything that an election attacker would need to be able to influence voters who are planning on voting for Democratic candidates in November.
The efforts of the Russians are getting more sophisticated. Along with the spearphishing efforts that are designed to steal usernames and passwords, the Russians are also developing fake login pages for the same purpose of trying to gain access to files.
Democrats have hardened their security, but the Russians are looking for security vulnerabilities anywhere that they can find them. The Russians are going all out to help Trump and his party, which is why Democrats and their voters must vigilant against their threat to US election security.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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