Bernie Sanders dropped his lawsuit against the DNC today after an independent forensic examination was concluded.
The DNC concluded that a data breach by the Sanders campaign had indeed occurred. In a press statement, the DNC said an independent forensic examination “identified evidence of unauthorized access via four user accounts from the Bernie 2016 campaign. All unauthorized access occurred during a one-hour period from 10:41 to 11:42 EST on December 16, 2015.”
“During that time, the four users conducted 25 searches using proprietary Hillary for America score data across 11 states. All of the results of these searches were saved within the VoteBuilder system, with the exception of one instance where a user exported a statistical summary of a search using HFA scoring in New Hampshire,” the DNC statement went on to say.
“CrowdStrike found no evidence of unauthorized access by the Hillary for America or O’Malley for President campaigns. Today, the Sanders campaign also voluntarily dismissed the breach of contract action pending against the DNC.”
The Sanders campaign released a statement saying that the investigation proved they were telling the truth.
"[A]n independent investigation of the firewall failures in the DNC’s shared voter file database has definitively confirmed that the original claims by the DNC and the Clinton campaign were wholly inaccurate – the Sanders campaign never “stole” any voter file data; the Sanders campaign never “exported” any unauthorized voter file data; and the Sanders campaign certainly never had access to the Clinton campaign’s “strategic road map.”"
The statement also called for the DNC to "make it a top priority to prevent future data security failures in the voter file system, failures that only serve as unnecessary distractions to the democratic process."