Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.
The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.
The intrusion into the DNC was one of several targeting American political organizations. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some GOP political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available.
The security of our system is critical to our operation and to the confidence of the campaigns and state parties we work with. … When we discovered the intrusion, we treated this like the serious incident it is… Our team moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.
Some of the hackers had been in the DNC system for a year, the paper said.
They were expelled from the computer system this past weekend.