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Following hacks, State Democrats warned Wikileaks may be a source of infection

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The Association of State Democratic Chairs sent an email last week to its members advising them to avoid searches on Wikileaks as a precaution against malware infection, especially after several state officials had their accounts hacked, Politico has reported.

“A number of chairs and state parties have been victims of hacks and impersonation recently,” read the email, which cautioned that Wikileaks could be a potential infection vector because certain files within the site's data dumps may contain malware. Wikileaks had published its latest collection of leaked Democratic National Committee documents just prior to the warning.

The email's author, Raymond Buckley, president of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, also posted on Facebook that his Twitter and Facebook accounts were recently tampered with and that three other Democratic state chairs had their emails hacked, Politico further reported.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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