House GOP cam­paign arm tar­geted by ‘un­known en­tity’

Rome News-Tribune - - EDITORIALS & OPINION - By Michael Bal­samo

WASH­ING­TON — Thou­sands of emails were stolen from aides to the Na­tional Repub­li­can Con­gres­sional Com­mit­tee dur­ing the 2018 midterm cam­paign, a ma­jor breach ex­pos­ing vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties that have kept cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­perts on edge since the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race.

The email ac­counts were com­pro­mised dur­ing a se­ries of in­tru­sions that had been spread over sev­eral months and dis­cov­ered in April, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter told The As­so­ci­ated Press. At least four dif­fer­ent party aides had their emails surveilled by hack­ers, said the per­son, who was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the de­tails publicly and spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The com­mit­tee said an “un­known en­tity” was be­hind the hack but pro­vided few other de­tails. A cy­ber­se­cu­rity firm and the FBI have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter, the com­mit­tee said. The FBI de­clined to com­ment.

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