House Republican Campaign Arm Emails Stolen In Major ‘Cyber Intrusion’

UNITED STATES- JUNE 7 Rep. Steve Stivers R-Ohio leaves the House Republicans' caucus meeting in the Capitol on immigration reforms on Thursday morning

UNITED STATES- JUNE 7 Rep. Steve Stivers R-Ohio leaves the House Republicans' caucus meeting in the Capitol on immigration reforms on Thursday morning

"The House GOP campaign arm suffered a major hack during the 2018 election, exposing thousands of sensitive emails to an outside intruder, according to three senior party officials", reports Politico. The committee then launched an internal investigation and alerted the FBI. Republican leadership, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were not told about the breach, Politico added.

Politico broke the news this afternoon, and a firm the NRCC brought on to help with the response said in a statement, "The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity".

Four senior officials of the National Republican Congressional Committee were targeted in the cyberattack, according to a person familiar with the matter who wasn't authorized to discuss it.

While there's no official word on who was responsible, officials privately told the news site they believed it was a foreign agent. The incoming NRCC chairman, Tom Emmer, was only briefed on the attack Monday too. The NRCC quickly established an internal investigation and notified the FBI of the incident, however, senior members of the Republican Party were kept in the dark.

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The emails stolen in the breach have not been made public, and there is no indication that the hackers have tried to leverage them against the party or their staffers. The NRCC alerted Crowdstrike, the cybersecurity firm that led the investigation into the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee.

The revelation of the hack comes weeks after House Republicans lost their majority and saw Democrats pick up close to 40 seats in the House.

During the 2016 presidential election, WikiLeaks' released hacked material damaging to Clinton's presidential effort, and USA intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation was the source of that hacked material. It is unclear to what extent, if at all, the NRCC hack could have contributed to that.

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