The Clinton campaign has been thrown a lot of curve balls in its attempts to win the 2016 United States presidential race; now, just one week after almost 20,000 embarrassing Democratic National Committee emails and voice mails were leaked to an outraged public, the campaign has been hacked again.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently confirmed its investigation of a hack and correlated cyberbreach of the servers belonging to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, an organization that acts as the official campaign arm of Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives. Among other factors, the FBI will be attempting to discover whether the DCCC breach is related to the DNC breach.
“The DCCC can confirm that we have been the target of a cybersecurity incident,” stated Meredith Kelly, DCCC national press secretary. “Upon discovering the issue, we immediately took action and engaged with CrowdStrike, a leading forensic investigator, to assist us in addressing this incident.”
According to Kelly, the information available so far seems to indicate that the breach is fairly similar to the prior hacking incidents with the DNC.
“With the assistance of leading experts, we have taken and are continuing to take steps to enhance the security of our network in the face of these events,” she added. “We are cooperating with the federal law enforcement with respect to their ongoing investigation.”
Crowdstrike has been working with the DNC, turning up a fair amount of evidence that implies Russian state-sponsored hackers may be the culprits.
“We can confirm that the DCCC has hired CrowdStrike following the DNC breach and we are investigating the matter,” reported spokesperson Ilina Dimitrova. “This is an ongoing investigation and we’re not able to provide further comments.”
The FBI has also issued a fair amount of statements revealing that it was working to determine the accuracy of allegations that “multiple political entities” are involved in the cyberintrusions. The bureau noted that it takes these allegations very seriously and plans to hold anyone who poses a threat to cyberspace accountable for their actions.
It’s also worth noting that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump started up a veritable firestorm after calling for those same hackers that hacked the DNC to look for Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
According to Mark Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the breaches raise a fair amount of troubling questions regarding the security systems of the public agencies:
“EPIC said at the outset of this election year that data protection is the most important, least well understood issue in the country today,” he explained. “All across the U.S., consumers confront issues of identity theft, data breach and financial fraud. Yet Washington has been unwilling to update U.S. privacy law or back strong security techniques.”
“The consequences are growing more severe,” Rotenberg concluded.
Andrea Castillo, technology expert and program manager for the Technology Policy Program at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, added that the United States can’t rely on its adversaries playing by the rules.
“There’s been a lot of speculation, but I think the takeaway is more about our generally poor cybersecurity. A hack like this was more a matter of when, not if.”