NRCC Emails Hacked During Midterm Election

NRCC Emails Hacked During Midterm Election”

Four senior members of the National Republican Congressional Committee had their email accounts "surveilled" for months, and "thousands of sensitive emails" were seen by a suspected foreign agent, the report reads.

It was a vendor of the committee that first discovered the hack and notified the NRCC and the contractor that monitors its cybersecurity, according to Politico.

However, senior House Republicans - including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) - were not informed of the hack until POLITICO contacted the NRCC on Monday with questions about the episode.

Committee officials said they kept quiet about the hack so as not to compromise the investigation. NRCC officials told Politico that was to try to keep the information close to the vest to make it easier to investigate and avoid alerting the hackers that they'd been detected.

At the time, an investigation was launched. The hack internally caused anxiety within the committee, given that the midterm elections were occurring.

The NRCC had already paid CrowdStrike almost $80,000 in 2017 prior to the hack, after which they paid the firm another $40,000.

On Tuesday, Thompson jabbed at Republicans who fought against additional election security measures after a reported cyberattack on the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2018 midterm elections. "I think you can draw from that".

Mercury Public Affairs, which the NRCC hired to manage the response to the hack, confirmed the attack. However, party officials told Politico that no donor information was compromised, nor has any of the accessed information appeared in public.

In an interesting twist, the NRCC's cybersecurity contractor is Crowdstrike, the same company hired by the Democrats to respond to their 2016 hack, which they blamed on Russian Federation.

"To protect the integrity of that investigation, the NRCC will offer no further comment on the incident", the statement read.

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