Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile said the Democratic Party has become a victim of Russian hackers seeking to destabilize American democracy.

Brazile became the DNC's interim chair after leaked emails published by WikiLeaks effectively ousted former chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

"The DNC and other institutions are victims of a cybercrime led by thugs," Brazile said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week." "We know from the company that we hired, CrowdStrike, there was Russian involvement in this to destabilize not just our institution, the Democratic Party, but democracy itself. So we have taken appropriate steps to ensure that we have the safest possible system. We're working with federal officials."

Brazile did not detail what other institutions may have been hacked by the same actors as those she claimed infiltrated the DNC. But WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has suggested his organization will release more private emails before the election that could prove damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.