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8/22/2018
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DNC Reports Attempted Cyberattack on its Voter Database

FBI is investigating phony domain posing as Votebuilder.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) was alerted this week to an attack attempt on its voter database, CNN reports. 

Cloud service provider and security firm Lookout reported to the DNC that a phony login page spoofing Votebuilder, a service used by party officials and campaigns, had been discovered attempting to grab usernames and passwords to the database. DNC officials then contacted the FBI.

According to CNN, a Democratic source told the media site that it's unclear who is behind the attack just yet, and that there's no indication that voter file was hacked by the attackers.

Lookout said in a statement shared with Dark Reading that it detected the custom phishing kit being used on a phishing site hosted by cloud computing provider DigitalOcean. "After notifying the hosting provider the phishing site was then taken down by DigitalOcean within hours. As that investigation progressed, our VP of Security Intelligence, Mike Murray, reached out to DNC, NGP VAN, and DigitalOcean to initiate the response process and start the investigation," the company said. 

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unsafeword,
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8/26/2018 | 7:41:18 PM
Needs a correction/update
This story needs a correction/update. The DNC later said that this was a phishing test, conducted by the Michigan DNC without alerting the national DNC.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
8/27/2018 | 8:26:21 AM
Re: Needs a correction/update
Thanks for being so attentive! This was corrected in a follow up article: DNC Incident was a Phising Exercise 8/23/2018. 

 


 
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REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
8/28/2018 | 8:37:41 AM
Re: Needs a correction/update
Sure, yeah - whatever they say.  Remember the Chairman of Equifax (lost that job too) said that the entire mess there was caused by one (1) IT STAFFER who failed to apply one (1) update.  
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