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Another Democratic Group Confirms It Was Hacked

The intrusion is similar to those experienced by other Democratic organizations
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Jul 29, 2016 at 5:37 PM ET

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee confirmed on Friday that it was the victim of a attack, according to multiple reports. This attack comes on the heels of a breach of the Democratic National Committee’s servers, in which a hacker or hackers gained access to party emails and voice messages.

Reuters reports that the breach took place from June 19 to June 27, according to analysis conducted by FireEye, a network security company based in the United States. However, the intrusion could have lasted longer.

“The DCCC can confirm that we have been the target of a cybersecurity incident. Upon discovering the issue, we immediately took action and engaged with CrowdStrike, a leading forensic investigator, to assist us in addressing this incident,” Meredith Kelly, spokeswoman for the DCCC, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official told NBC News that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the hack. While it bears some similarities to earlier breaches on the computer system of the Democratic National Committee—widely speculated to have been Russian hackers—FBI agents haven’t yet found a link to the two events. The Kremlin previously denied its involvement in the DNC hack, though both U.S. security personnel and cyber experts agreed there was evidence Russia was behind it.

As for the DCCC hack, a fake website was in June registered with a name similar to the committee’s donation site, and internet traffic meant to be directed to a firm that processed donations was instead redirected to the phony site. While the FBI says there’s not yet proof Russian hackers were involved, some threat assessment companies have found limited evidence of a connection.

Sources told Reuters that, “the numerical internet address of the spurious DCCC site resembled one used by a Russian government-linked hacking group, one of two suspected in the DNC breach.” Rich Barger, the co-founder of security intelligence firm ThreatConnect, for instance, told Reuters that the bogus donation site was tied to Russian military intelligence.

“The DCCC takes this matter very seriously,” Kelly added in her statement. “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.”

Later on Friday, a federal law enforcement also confirmed to Reuters that computer systems used by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were hacked, in another cyber attack thought to be the work of Russian intelligence.