Democratic Email Scandal Caused by Russian Hackers

One of the most notorious hacks in recent memory got a new layer of intrigue when its victims pointed a finger at Russia. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over leaked internal emails indicating that DNC staffers tried to undermine the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in favor of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Wasserman Schultz said she plans to step down at the end of this week's convention, though it remains to be seen whether she?EU?s allowed to stay that long. In the meantime, though, Clinton?EU?s campaign manager has alleged that Russian hackers stole and released the provocative emails in an effort to support her opponent, Donald Trump.

In June, cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike Inc. said sophisticated hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the DNC's computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats and opposition research on presumptive Republican nominee Trump.

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On Friday, nearly 20,000 emails and more 8,000 attachments from the DNC?EU?s mail servers were released by WikiLeaks, the non-profit investigative journalism organization. Some of the emails showed hostility from top DNC officials toward Sanders?EU? campaign, including emails in which Wasserman Schultz referred to Sanders' campaign manager as a liar. And other emails from DNC officials questioned Sanders' religious beliefs.

Appearing on CNN over the weekend, Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook said cybersecurity experts have told the campaign that the source of the hack was Russia. Mook added that the release of the documents on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, which began today in Philadelphia, can?EU?t be a coincidence.

Russian hackers have previously been blamed for infiltrating email servers in the White House, U.S. Department of State and The Pentagon, as well as carrying out cyberattacks on Ukraine, Estonia and the nation of Georgia.

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