First, there were the emails. Not just a few- but around 20,00 of them. Then, the DNC faced other threats. According to the FBI, hackers, who are now declared as Russian, have managed to intrude some other branches of the Democratic Party.
This includes a series of memos and emails stolen from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. That is not all- the Hillary Clinton’s campaign server was also hacked and information are expected to be released.
The DCCC breach, which likely gave hackers access to a treasure trove of private communications about and with Democrats planning a congressional bid, was first reported on Thursday. The following morning, news outlets confirmed by the FBI, stated that Clinton’s campaign was the latest target.
Speculation regarding the involvement of Russian operatives in the series of data breaches has grown over the past week, punctuated by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s controversial comments on the issue.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said during a news conference on Wednesday. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
More than a few Trump critics online believe the brash billionaire’s rhetoric prompted Russia to hack additional Democratic organizations.
So Clinton’s campaign has been hacked. After Trump basically asked Russia to hack her. After the DNC was hacked. But no hacking of RNC. ?
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) July 29, 2016
Days before the latest hacks were confirmed, however, reports showed Democratic officials were already preparing for additional leaks. While the DCCC cyberattack is believed to have been extensive, there is no indication from the latest reports available how much information might have been accessed through the Clinton campaign hack.
The first wave of released emails from the DNC headquarters showed how Hillary Clinton plant to undermine her colleague, Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. This ultimately resulted in DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning from her position.