DNC hack attack reported to FBI was a false alarm: report
The Democratic National Committee’s alert Tuesday to the FBI about detecting an apparent hack attack into its voter database turned out to be a false alarm, according to a report Thursday.
A person familiar with the incident told The Washington Post that supposed attack was really a security test initiated by the Michigan Democratic Party, which enlisted a group of volunteer “white hat hackers” to test the system without notifying the DNC.
The report Tuesday to the FBI triggered alarms that the DNC was under the same type of attack as Russia orchestrated during the 2016 presidential race.
The DNC did not immediately comment on why it took two days to announce the false alarm.
After discovering the white hat hack, DNC officials claimed Tuesday that they had thwarted the attack.
A web security firm working for the DNC discovered that hackers had created a fake login page to steal usernames and passwords in an effort to gain access to the Democratic Party’s voter file, according to DNC officials.
The alleged hack was reminiscent of the Russian scheme that in 2016 exposed that top DNC officials were conspiring to undermine Sen. Bernard Sanders’s run for the Democratic nomination for president, helping give Hillary Clinton the nomination.
The report Tuesday to the FBI heightened alarms that Russia was at it again in the 2018 midterm races.
The false report from the DNC came a day after Microsoft announced it had uncovered similar fake websites created by Kremlin spies to gain access to conservative organizations.