DNC Hacking Conundrum Continues

With the Republican National Convention taking place in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, tensions are high in US politics. Series of controversy have affected both parties’ events; such as Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech and Hillary’s untimely hiring of a campaign member. The new focus of such controversy is the same coordinated series of attacks on the DNC from earlier this year. Remember, PhishTrain covered this topic in a previous post, but the hackers are back and stirring up US politics once again.

Just days before the DNC kicked off in Philadelphia, the hackers, thought to have been flushed out of democratic servers, were once again causing quite a commotion. Wikileaks, a popular site that delivers confidential information and has gotten into trouble before, released the DNC emails. Trump and the republicans are using this information to their advantage by calling upon the Russian hackers to release the emails which Clinton supposedly deleted off of her server months ago which ultimately caused the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said.

Trump’s vice presidential nominee, Mike Pence, released a statement that was not in necessary support of Trump’s statement, but instead considered the United States one country together who wanted to work against Russians hacking into US political databases.

Because of this obvious support by Trump for the hacking of the DNC, Clinton’s party is using these statements against him in the presidential race, saying he supports Russia and their intervention in US politics.

Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager told Jack Tapper from CNN’s “State of the Union”, “I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that’s disturbing.”

On the same show that Mook spoke, Donald Trump Jr. denied his father’s involvement with Russia in releasing the sensitive information. “I can’t think of bigger lies, but that exactly goes to show you what the DNC and what the Clinton camp will do.”

Before the release of the emails to Wikileaks, the White House did have an official meeting on security and what the DNC infiltration meant for political parties and their information. It is still unknown if the Russian hackers did definitely give the emails to Wikileaks as well as if any members within the US government had knowledge of these events. More information regarding exactly how the attack occurred and who was involved will probably not come until after the 2016 presidential election comes to an end in November.

Because of the one year period that hackers have been in DNC servers, it is expected that more data dumps will be released to the public, possibly over Wikileaks.

-Team PhishTrain