Democratic National Committee says hackers tried to access voter database
The Democratic National Committee, which was hacked by Russian intelligence officers during the 2016 presidential campaign, has contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation after an unsuccessful attempt to access a voter database maintained by the organization.
The DNC was alerted on Tuesday by the computer security firm Lookout Inc., which uncovered a replica of the login page to the DNC’s Votebuilder database during an online scan. VoteBuilder is a system used by the Democratic party and associated campaigns to collect voter data and track other campaign activities.
“We believe that this was the beginning of a sophisticated attempt to hack into our voter file and we are treating it as such,” said a Democratic official, in an email message. CNN first reported the attempted intrusion Wednesday. The FBI declined to comment.
The fake page, known as a phishing page, is a first step in many cyber intrusion attempts and widely used by both criminals and state-sponsored actors.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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