House GOP cam­paign arm: We were hacked

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS - Jes­sica Estepa and El­iza Collins

The cam­paign arm for House Repub­li­cans was hacked dur­ing the 2018 elec­tion cy­cle, ex­pos­ing sen­si­tive emails.

Na­tional Re­pub­li­can Con­gres­sional Com­mit­tee spokesman Ian Prior confirmed Tues­day that the “cy­ber in­tru­sion” was by an “un­known en­tity.”

An in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion are on­go­ing.

The hacked ac­counts be­longed to four se­nior aides of the NRCC, Politico re­ported. The at­tack was de­tected by a cy­ber­se­cu­rity ven­dor in April.

House GOP lead­ers, in­clud­ing Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis­con­sin, were unaware of the at­tack un­til they re­ceived ques­tions about it this week, Politico re­ported.

NRCC officials told Politico that in­for­ma­tion about the hack was with­held so as not to com­pro­mise the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Officials said none of the com­pro­mised in­for­ma­tion has been made pub­lic.

This year, Rep. Steve Stivers, ROhio – who served as com­mit­tee chair­man this elec­tion cy­cle – said the NRCC hired cy­ber­se­cu­rity staffers.

“We’re start­ing to ad­vise cam­paigns, but we’re not ready to roll the whole thing out. We’re work­ing on it,” Stivers said in March, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported. “We’re work­ing on the tech­nol­ogy-based stuff to try and make sure that we know what’s out there – which is hard, too.”

Dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion cy­cle, the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee was hacked, al­legedly by Rus­sian operatives in an effort to hurt the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign of Hil­lary Clin­ton. The hacked emails were pub­lished by Wik­iLeaks, an ac­tion that is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller as he looks into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion.

In the af­ter­math of the hack, the DNC was crit­i­cized for not heed­ing warn­ings from U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to bet­ter pro­tect its sys­tems.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.