DCCC Hacked in Flurry of Cyber Attacks

Hillary Clinton / AP
July 29, 2016

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee confirmed Friday that its computer network was breached by Russian government hackers. The incident parallels the recent breaches of the Democratic National Committee, according to investigators.

Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman for the committee, said the organization is working with federal law enforcement and forensic investigation firm Crowdstrike to probe the incident.

"Based on the information we have to date, we’ve been advised by investigators that this is similar to other recent incidents, including the DNC breach," Kelly said in a statement.

The DCCC is the campaign arm for House Democrats. The FBI opened a probe into the cyber attack Thursday, Reuters reported.

Russia denied involvement in the DCCC hack. Intelligence officials suspect that Russian government hackers were responsible for the DNC cyber attack that led to troves of stolen documents being posted to Wikileaks last week.

"We don’t see the point any more in repeating yet again that this is silliness," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters.

President Obama warned Tuesday that it was possible Russian hackers would attempt to sway the U.S. election. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has maintained that the Kremlin was behind the DNC attacks in an attempt to help Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"The DCCC takes this matter very seriously," Kelly said. "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 recent events. We are cooperating with the federal law enforcement with respect to their ongoing investigation."