Russians Tried to Hack DNC Days After Midterms, According to Democrats

Court documents filed by the Democratic National Committee allege they were targeted by a Russian hacking group days after the 2018 midterm elections.

An overnight amended complaint filed by the Democratic National Committee on Thursday claims the Democrats were the victims of a “spear-phishing campaign” on November 14, 2018 — just days following the midterm elections, according to ABC News.

In the complaint, the DNC writes, in part:

“On November 14, 2018, dozens of DNC email addresses were targeted in a spear-phishing campaign, although there is no evidence that the attack was successful.”


In addition, the DNC alleges that due to the timing of the emails, it is believed they were the targets of a widespread attack. Many of the tricks implemented in the alleged hack are also known to be used by the Russian hacking group that goes by the name “Cozy Bear,” according to CNN.

The DNC added in its complaint that it’s “probable” that Russian intelligence “again attempted to unlawfully infiltrate DNC computers in November 2018.”

The hackers allegedly sent emails that appeared to be from the U.S. State Department and “targeted more than a dozen entities across different industries,” according to a November 2018 report by cybersecurity firm FireEye.

This latest filing is a part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by the DNC in April 2018 against the Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and many other relatives and close associates of President Donald Trump.

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