A suspected cyber-attack against the Democratic National Committee this week turned out to be nothing more than a “false alarm” said party officials, but warned of future attacks against the US election system by “foreign adversaries.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the attempted “phishing scheme” to replace the DNC’s database log-in screen was “built by a third party as part of a simulated phishing test.”
“There are constant attempts to hack the DNC and our Democratic infrastructure, and while we are extremely relieved that this wasn’t an attempted intrusion by a foreign adversary, this incident is further proof that we need to continue to be vigilant in the light of potential attacks,” said Bob Lord, the DNC’s top IT security officer.
“Phishing” is the common practice of using simulated screens or emails to masquerade as official organizations and groups. Once an individual voluntarily enters their log-in credentials that information is then sent to a third-party.
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BREAKING: Rosenstein Indicts 12 RUSSIAN AGENTS for ‘Hacking’ 2016 Election
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday that the Department of Justice has indicted an additional 12 Russian agents for “hacking” the 2016 presidential race for the White House.
“A federal grand jury has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 election,” writes Fox News. “All 12 are members of GRU, the Russian intelligence agency.”
Rosenstein’s announcement comes as President Trump wraps up his two-day visit with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II, heading to Helsinki next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The indictments follow a previous string of charges earlier this year when the DOJ accused 13 Russian agents and three foreign companies of meddling in the 2016 election.
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CYBER WAR: UK, US Accuse PUTIN of Launching Global Hacking Campaign
Officials from the United Kingdom and United States publicly accused the Russian government of coordinating a global cyber-attack Monday; saying Kremlin-backed hackers have “infected” computer systems around the world.
According to Reuters, US and British authorities told reporters this week that Russian-financed computer experts have been waging a cyber war against the NATO nations going back to 2016.
The hackers reportedly targeted key routers at integral infrastructure hot-spots throughout Europe and North America; specifically targeting government agencies, large corporations, financial institutions, and energy sectors.
“When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious nation-state actors, we are going to push back,” said Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity coordinator.
The warning comes weeks after the Trump administration indicted 13 Russian nationals for “sowing disorder” throughout the 2016 race for the White House.