The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday a “Cybersecurity Advisory Board” in the wake of an embarrassing and damaging leak of internal emails that cost then-Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz her job – and has said it will soon notify DNC officials to those affected by the hack.
Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile said in a memo, obtained by Fox News, the board would be composed of experts and would ensure the party is prepared to deal with future threats.
“To prevent future attacks and ensure that the DNC’s cybersecurity capabilities are best-in-class, I am creating a Cybersecurity Advisory Board composed of distinguished experts in the field. The Advisory Board will work closely with me and the entire DNC to ensure that the party is prepared for the grave threats it faces—today and in the future,” Brazile wrote.
She added that the party would be reaching out to those affected by the July leak.
“Consistent with the different data breach notice laws in 47 states, the DNC will be providing appropriate notice to affected individuals next week,” Brazile said. “Those individuals receiving the data breach notice also will receive offers of assistance to help mitigate any threats to their financial security.
The memo comes as The New York Times reported that Democratic Party officials are bracing for another batch of emails to become public before November, as officials say the breach was bigger than first thought and exposed the private email accounts of more than 100 party officials and groups – including the email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s key campaign officials.
An email release by Wikileaks just days before the party convention in Philadelphia costs Wasserman Schultz her job as party chairman, while a host of other party officials also resigned.
Sources told Fox News last month that a hack into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — the fundraising arm for House Democrats — bears similarities to the breach of the Democratic National Committee, including malware that points to Russian involvement.
Fox News' Rich Edson contributed to this report.