Email accounts of Hillary Clinton and 100+ Democratic officials hacked

As the investigation of the hack into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) broadens, authorities have found that the private email accounts of more than 100 Democratic officials have been breached, according to the New York Times.

American intelligence agencies claimed that Russian hackers were behind incursions which were believed at first to have targeted the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the group raising money for Democrats. But as the FBI has widened its probe, the scope of the attack appears more extensive.

Though the FBI said it has no direct evidence, officials said the hack extended to the personal email account of US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, as well as other campaign officials and groups affiliated with the ticket, including the Democratic Governors' Association.

Speaking off the record, the Times reported, Democrats have expressed concern that the possible release of the purloined internal communications might prove embarrassing and could damage their campaign prior to the US presidential election in November.