DNC detect an attempt to hack voter database:\u00a0Someone tried to hack the Democratic National Committee - again.\r\n\r\nThe DNC, the formal governing body of the Democratic Party, told the FBI on Tuesday that it had discovered a \u201csophisticated attempt\u201d by hackers to gain access to its voter database, according to\u00a0CNN.\r\nThat voter database, held in a service called Votebuilder, includes sensitive information like addresses and phone numbers \u2014 likely of thousands of potential voters, donors, and more.\r\nThe hackers apparently created a fake website designed to look very similar to the real one that Democratic Party officials and campaigns use to log in to that database. The idea was that officials would try to log in to this fake page using their real usernames and passwords, thereby revealing that information to the hackers and enabling them to use it to log in to the real site and access the voter database. This tactic, called \u201cspearphishing,\u201d is one of the most common ploys hackers use to try to gain access to sensitive or private information.\r\nThe hackers even\u00a0sent emails to DNC officials\u00a0trying to get them to use the fake page.\r\n\r\nThe DNC only found out about the attack because a cybersecurity company in San Francisco called Lookout\u00a0detected the fake website\u00a0late Monday and alerted the company that hosts the DNC\u2019s database. That company, DigitalOcean, says it took down the fake site \u201cwithin hours.\u201d\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/ericgeller\/status\/1032321170752843777\r\n\r\nCNN, citing an unnamed \u201cDemocratic source,\u201d says the DNC doesn\u2019t currently believe that the hacking attempt was actually successful and \u201chas no reason to believe its voter file was accessed or altered.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe DNC has reportedly contacted the FBI to let it know about the hacking attempt. For now, it\u2019s unclear what action, if any, the FBI is taking in response, though\u00a0DigitalOcean said in a statement\u00a0that it is working with the \u201cappropriate law enforcement agencies\u201d on the matter. The DNC also said it was investigating who the culprit might be.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s a good thing Lookout found what it did. The fake website \u201cwas very convincing,\u201d the company\u2019s vice president Mike Murray told\u00a0CNN, adding that \u201cit would have been a very effective attack\u201d if it hadn\u2019t been spotted so quickly.\r\n\r\nRelated: New Russian hacking attempt\r\nThe DNC was a cyber target before \u2014 and it didn\u2019t go well\r\nIf you feel like you\u2019ve heard this story before, it\u2019s because you have \u2014 but it had a much worse ending last time around.\r\n\r\nAs the\u00a0New York Times\u00a0has reported in detail, the FBI discovered that a hacking group linked to the Russian government had gained access to at least one computer at the DNC.\r\n\r\nBut when the FBI contacted the DNC in September 2015 to let them know, the organization\u2019s tech-support contractor\u00a0didn\u2019t do much with the information\u00a0beyond performing \u201ca cursory search of the DNC computer system logs to look for hints of such a cyberintrusion.\u201d In fact, it took a whopping\u00a0nine months\u00a0before DNC officials even held a formal meeting with the FBI about it.\r\n\r\nThat was too little, too late. Russian hackers ultimately had access to the DNC\u2019s network for\u00a0seven months\u00a0before top DNC officials knew about the attack or hired anyone to combat it. During that time, the hackers stole countless emails and documents, later releasing them to the public to try to\u00a0damage the Hillary Clinton campaign.\r\n\r\nClearly, the DNC has learned its lesson this time around, and it has moved swiftly to let the FBI know about the attempt. What\u2019s less clear is whether the DNC can stay just as vigilant \u2014 and move just as quickly \u2014 when the next attack comes.