Democratic National Committee Claims That Wikileaks Has 'Malware Embedded Throughout The Site'

from the say-what-now? dept

We’ve long been supporters of the concept of Wikileaks around here, though we’ve had some concerns about some of the decisions it has made. Generally speaking, though, we find the accusations and conspiracy theories around Wikileaks to be somewhat ridiculous. The latest comes buried in a Politico article about the massive amount of dysfunction within the Democratic National Committee. Apparently since Wikileaks released a bunch of DNC emails, leading to chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepping down, it has freed up a bunch of people to bitch and whine about her (lack of) leadership and what a mess the whole DNC has been recently.

But, buried deep within that article is this wacky tidbit:

Staff members were briefed in a Tuesday afternoon meeting in Washington that their personal data was part of the hack, as were Social Security numbers and other information for donors, according to people who attended. Don?t search WikiLeaks, they were told ? malware is embedded throughout the site, and they?re looking for more data.

We’ve seen various organizations impacted by Wikileaks come up with all sorts of excuses and claims about why people shouldn’t use the site, but “the site is embedded with malware” is a new one. It also seems hellishly unlikely. It’s the kind of thing that someone would discover and it would destroy whatever credibility Wikileaks has left. I guess anything is possible, but this sounds like the DNC freaking out over the leaks and trying to spread bogus rumors in the hopes that it will get people to stop looking at their leaked files.

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Anonymous Coward says:

the DNC is filled with a bunch of knownothings that lack the prescience to understand that they should probably hire better professionals.

Its bad enough that the FBI notified them of the potential hack months before they finally took action, now they’re spreading some outright falsehoods to prevent their staff from reviewing the data.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

“the DNC is filled with a bunch of knownothings that lack the prescience to understand that they should probably hire better professionals”

It’s very possibly true that they don’t know what they don’t know.

“Its bad enough that the FBI notified them of the potential hack months before they finally took action,”

I seem to recall both DNC and RNC were hacked in the run up to the 2008 election. I’m of the opinion that there is a high probability the RNC was also hacked this time around. If a state, or someone working on behalf of a state, wants to damage the perception of one side they’ll probably want to blackmail the other at some point (“see what we did to them, now what else do you think we have?”)

Anonymous Coward says:

“… leading to chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepping down”

She did not step down, she stepped UP!!!

And regarding “trying to spread bogus rumors.” This is hardly the first time. Claiming that the emails were a result of a state-sponsored Russian hack job seems like another wild accusation, because either they have a smoking gun trail to the FSB, or they’re just blowing smoke. (that’s assuming a government even needs to hack servers to acquire email, since emails are sent across the globe in unencrypted text and can be harvested and read by anyone along the way.)

Anonymous Coward says:

New way to distribute malware...

The DNC may know about this malware, because they may have put it there *purposely*.

Leak the malware as part of an email trove from someone or some organization that is famous.

Hide the malware in email in *html + javascript* format, for example. Or hidden in .pdf, .docx, etc. attachments.

When Wikileaks publishes the trove, the malware gets distributed to everyone who tries to read it.

It’s going to take a lot of work for Wikileaks to prove that there’s no malware embedded in *any* of the emails.

Brandon (profile) says:

Not that unlikely

I don’t have any particular insight into why Google listed them originally, but if you dump a huge trove of email anywhere, there’s a good chance it contains some virus files, if the original receivers didn’t have great av protection.

The site report still says there are specific bad pages, but the overall site isn’t listed anymore.

No conspiracy necessary.

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

They try and elect people to a government that tells workers that even if the information is widely available to the public it is still secret & they can face charges.

They have the worst infosec practices, despite paying way to much money for the best of the best. When security by obscurity fails them, they invent boogeymen to scare people from looking for themselves… (seems to be a common policy of governments).

James Buchanan says:


With every government checking Wikipedia, I would not doubt there is malware in every script there. But, that being said. Where are the emails from the rnc? Why was it not illegal for them to use another server? The law was changed after? Uh? No the rules were in place after tricky dickies three missing minutes. Archive rules of open government for preserving government records.
But don’t let a little sexist hate, override your political Bernie love.

Anonymous Coward says:

Apparently the malware wrote the missing 30,000 emails that Hillary won’t turn over.

Also it infiltrated her brain to make her order her PA to destroy those emails.

Also the malware paid the feds tens of thousands of dollars to put shitty ‘investigators’ onto the case, who were ordered from day one to find nothing and no-one responsible.

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