The Democratic National Committee claims its computer system was hacked by Russian spies, who stole its dossier on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The hack was so thorough the spies were able to read all emails and chat logs, reported The Washington Post. But the DNC said on June 14 no financial, donor or personal information had been stolen, which suggests the hack was the work of traditional spies who gather information on foreign governments.
“It’s the job of every foreign intelligence service to collect intelligence against their adversaries,” said Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike, the cyber security firm used to deal with the DNC hack, reported The Washington Post.
Henry, who is also a former FBI cyber chief, told MSNBC the intrusion was traced with "a high degree of confidence'' to Russia.
"In the course of this working very closely with the IT staff of the DNC, we were able to identify with a very high degree of confidence a group that we have attributed back to the Russian government targeting that DNC network,” he said.
“The security of our system is critical to our operation and to the confidence of the campaigns and state parties we work with,” said Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the DNC chairwoman, reported The New York Times. “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.”
Although it appears Russian spies were responsible for the brief, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Republicans deserved some of the blame because they have blocked cybersecurity funding.
"Republicans for the first time in 40 years declined to even hold a hearing on that specific budget proposal, which means that the president has put forward a specific plan, laid out exactly how he believes we should pay for [enhancing] our nation's cybersecurity, and Republicans in the House and Senate have indicated they don't even want to talk about it," Earnest said, according to the Washington Examiner. "So, that's rather disappointing."