Oliver Willis

Democratic Campaign Hacking: The Complete Guide

During the 2016 presidential campaign, several parts of the Democratic Party have been subjected to computer hacks.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Hillary Clinton for President campaign have all been hacked.

Cybersecurity firms have traced elements of the DNC and DCCC to Russian hacking groups associated with the Russian government’s FSB (previously known as the KGB).

DNC Hack (#DNCLeaks)

After the Democratic National Committee was hacked, internal emails and voicemails were shared with WikiLeaks. Those files, with unredacted personal information like addresses and social security numbers, were then published worldwide by WikiLeaks.

The embarassing information in the emails, showing some evidence of favoritism of Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz led to her resignation and the use of the #DNCLeaks hashtag on social media like Twitter and Facebook, mostly by supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The DNC later issued a formal apology to Sanders for the contents of the emails.

Clinton Campaign Hack

On July 29 the Clinton campaign announced that it had been hacked. Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said 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.”

Merrill also said, “Our campaign computer system has been under review by outside cyber security experts. To date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised.”

The FBI said it is investigating the attack.

Republican Reaction

Donald Trump, the presidential nominee of the Republican Party issued a call for there to be further hacking attacks against Democrats in order to leak internal Hillary Clinton emails. Trump later claimed that he made the remarks out of sarcasm.

Russian Reaction

The Kremlin has denied that they are behind the hacking attacks.