Yesterday, CNN was breathless in their coverage of a “sophisticated attempt to hack” the DNC voter database.
The DNC was alerted in the early hours of Tuesday morning by a cloud service provider and a security research firm that a fake login page had been created in an attempt to gather usernames and passwords that would allow access to the party’s database, the source said.The DNC and the two companies involved in detecting the operation say they believe they thwarted a potential attack.
CNN was full of wild theories and speculation about who was behind the “sophisticated hack” of the DNC.
The DNC and the two companies involved in detecting the operation say they believe they thwarted a potential attack.The fraudulent page was designed to look like the access page Democratic Party officials and campaigns across the country use to log into a service called Votebuilder, which hosts the database, the source said, adding the DNC believed it was designed to trick people into handing over their login details.
After the truth about who actually “hacked”, the DNC was revealed, the DNC was forced to walk back their embarrassing story about the “sophisticated” outside hack job.
Axios reports – The DNC walked back an assertion that it had detected a “sophisticated” hacking attempt early Thursday, announcing instead that it was simply a subcontractor’s unauthorized security test.
Why it matters: While this is a slight black eye for the DNC, who look a little foolish for riling up the press over what turned out to be an internal matter, it’s a massive victory for Lookout, the third-party security firm that caught the “attempt” with its unique approach to discovering phishing sites.