Russian government hackers stole opposition research on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s computer network.
The hackers had access to the DNC network for roughly a year before being removed last weekend, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing committee officials and security experts.
The group of hackers gained access to the DNC’s opposition research database and email and chat applications.
“The security of our system is critical to our operation and to the confidence of the campaigns and state parties we work with,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), the DNC chairwoman, told the Washington Post. “When we discovered the intrusion, we treated this like the serious incident it is and reached out to CrowdStrike immediately. Our team moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network.”
The DNC said that no financial or personal information was compromised.
A Russian Embassy spokesman denied knowledge of the breaches.
Full article: Russian Govt Hackers Breach DNC Network, Steal Trump Opposition Research (Washington Free Beacon)