Wikileaks posted a massive trove of internal Democratic National Committee emails online Friday, in what the organization dubbed the first of a new “Hillary Leaks” series.
The cache includes nearly 20,000 emails and over 8,000 file attachments from the inboxes of seven key staffers at the political party, including communications director Luis Miranda and national finance director Jordan Kaplan, according to the Wikileaks’s website. The emails span from January 2015 through late May and are presented in a searchable database.
The cache appears to contain sensitive personal information about some donors, including social security numbers, passport numbers and credit card information.
The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A hacker known as Guccifer 2.0 claimed credit for handing the documents over to Wikileaks on Twitter. However, some experts have expressed skepticism about his involvement, citing differences between the data Wikileaks released and Guccifer 2.0’s previous leaks of hacked data.
The Democratic Party has had its share of cybersecurity woes recently. Last month, the DNC acknowledged that its systems had been breached.
“The security of our system is critical to our operation and to the confidence of the campaigns and state parties we work with,” said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chairwoman, at the time. “Our team moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network.”
Crowdstrike, the firm brought in by the party to clean up after that hack, said the company discovered that two separate hacking groups associated with the Russian government had infiltrated the DNC’s systems.
One of the groups, dubbed “Cozy Bear,” had been monitoring the emails and chats since gaining access last summer, Crowdstrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch told The Post.
Another, which the firm called “Fancy Bear,” targeted opposition research files. That group broke into the DNC’s systems in April, setting off the alarm bells that resulted in the discovery of both infiltrations..
The Russian government has denied involvement in the breaches.
(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Andrea Peterson