In late-July, Democrats suffered an embarrassing scandal when a series of hacked emails form the Democratic National Committee were released into the public. The hacked emails contained evidence that the national party showed a preference towards former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US Presidential Election over her opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders. The result of the scandal forced the resignation of party chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who was among those implicated in the leaked emails of favoritism towards Clinton.
The actual hacking of the emails came over a year earlier, when a group of hackers from Russia, strongly believed to be working with–or at least involved with–Russian intelligence, were able to gain access to computer systems of US government agencies such as the State Department and White House, as well as other related agencies such as the DNC. The Democratic National Committee was eventually able to remove the suspected hackers from their network by hiring a third party internet security team, but by that point, the damage of having the attackers access their emails had already been done.
In the wake of the leaked email scandal, Democrats have demanded an investigation into this cyber crime to determine the extent to which the government of Russia was involved, and the US government responded swiftly. The FBI began a criminal investigation into the leaks shortly after the emails were publicly released, but has made no public comment on the status of the investigation in the months since they confirmed that they would be investigating.
Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done by the FBI in this criminal matter. Searching through computer metadata can provide hints at the source of the attack. The investigators went through a computer in Russia, leading most experts to believe the hackers were Russian, but it is nearly impossible to determine the exact source of where the hack originated. And even if the source of the attack was conclusively proven, it would be difficult to prove a connection between that hacker and officials in the Russian government.