Of­fi­cial: FBI told Illi­nois GOP of pos­si­ble email hack­ing

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

The FBI told the Illi­nois Repub­li­can Party months be­fore the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that its email ac­counts may have been hacked, and party of­fi­cials later found some of its emails on a web­site re­port­edly tied to Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence agency, the state GOP’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor said Sun­day.

Nick Kl­itz­ing told the Chicago Tri­bune the FBI raised ques­tions with the state party in June about four in­ac­tive or rarely used ac­counts that may have been com­pro­mised dat­ing back to 2015.

The FBI didn’t tell the state party that the pos­si­ble hack­ing was part of a larger fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged Rus­sian ac­tiv­ity in the US po­lit­i­cal sys­tem but urged of­fi­cials to change pass­words and take other steps to se­cure the email ac­counts. “We thought it was weird that the FBI was giv­ing IT ad­vice,” Kl­itz­ing said. Kl­itz­ing said the Illi­nois GOP on its own found 18 of its emails on the web­site DCLeaks.com, which has posted more than 200 emails in­volv­ing Repub­li­can ac­tivists and state par­ties. Ac­cord­ing to a New York Times re­port, US in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials and pri­vate cy­ber­se­cu­rity com­pa­nies be­lieve the site was cre­ated by a unit con­trolled by the GRU, Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence agency.

The Chicago Tri­bune re­viewed the emails pro­vided by the state GOP and re­ported they dealt with such things as train­ing re­quests, in­vi­ta­tions to party events and a dis­cus­sion about whether Repub­li­can US Rep. Peter Roskam of Illi­nois should run for speaker of the House. The FBI didn’t re­spond to a phone mes­sage Sun­day night from The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Ques­tions about Rus­sian in­volve­ment in the US po­lit­i­cal sys­tem resur­faced Fri­day with a Wash­ing­ton Post re­port that the CIA had con­cluded with “high con­fi­dence” that Rus­sia sought to in­flu­ence the US elec­tion on be­half of Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump.

Trump called the CIA’s as­sess­ment “ridicu­lous,” and his in­com­ing chief of staff Reince Priebus, chair­man of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, in­sisted on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sun­day that the RNC was not hacked.

In June, a cy­ber­at­tack of the Illi­nois State Board of Elec­tions in­volved as many as 90,000 vot­ers, though board of­fi­cials said no vot­ing files were erased or mod­i­fied. Still, af­ter that cy­ber­at­tack and an­other at­tempt in Ari­zona, the FBI is­sue a “flash alert” to states about al­leged at­tempts to ob­tain voter reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion. —AP

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