Security

The 18 most frightening data breaches

Democratic National Committee (2016)

All data breaches are scary, but some just have that extra scream factor.

On July 22, 2016, Wikileaks published 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments belonging to top-level staffers at the Democratic National Committee, exposing donor information and an anti-Bernie Sanders bias. U.S. intelligence agencies strongly believe Russia to be behind the attack, The New York Times reports.

There is no evidence that the hacker's intent was to influence the 2016 Presidential election. That said, the emails likely had a damaging effect on Ms. Clinton's chances considering Wikileaks released a second batch of 8,263 emails less than 48 hours before Election Day.

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