The Democratic National Committee has experienced a data breach that committee officials and security professionals say was conducted by state-sponsored hackers in Russia to steal research data on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Ellen Nakashima writes the hackers gained unauthorized access to the computer network of DNC for nearly a year and compromised the database to read email content.
DNC tapped cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike to clean its network and the purge indicated no compromised financial, donor and personal data, Nakashima reports.
“It’s the job of every foreign intelligence service to collect intelligence against their adversaries,” Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike and a former chief of the FBI’s cyber division, told the Post.
The report said DNC discovered the attack in April after its operations chief alerted CEO Amy Dacey to what was perceived as an irregular activity within the network.