Democratic Party tells FBI someone tried to hack its voter database

The Democratic National Committee officials thwarted a sophisticated attempt to hack into a database holding information on tens of millions of voters across the country.

A party official said DNC contractors notified the party Tuesday of an apparent hacking attempt.

The committee notified the FBI on Tuesday although no information was compromised and it remains unclear who had attempted the hack.

Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, told state party leaders at a gathering in Chicago the voter file used by Democratic candidates to target voters during campaigns.

“This attempt is further proof that there are constant threats as we head into midterm elections and we must remain vigilant in order to prevent future attacks,” said Lord, who added that President Donald Trump is not doing enough to protect American democracy.

“We can’t do this alone,” Lord said. “We need the administration to take more aggressive steps to protect our voting systems.”

Democrats say cybersecurity has been an issue since the 2016 presidential election, when U.S. intelligence agencies identified Russian hackers that attacked DNC servers and revealed internal communications.

Exploiting divisions between Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns as they each sought the Democratic presidential nomination, Russian spies accessed email accounts of DNC staff and Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, then released the contents through Wikileaks and other means.

Russia also use ads on Twitter and Facebook to undermine the American election process and divide the population.

Trump, a Republican, has cast doubt on intelligence ageny allegations that Russia was involved. At a summit with Trump in Helsinki last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied any involvement in election meddling but admitted he did want Trump to defeat Clinton.

Trump, meanwhile, has served Putin’s interest by shattering faith in the US among NATO allies, abandoning America’s role as leader of the free world by ending involvement in climate change and imposing tariffs that are raising prices for consumers or cutting into potential sales among domestic manufacturers.


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