United States mid-term elections: Republican committee reports hacking to Federal Bureau of Investigation

United States mid-term elections: Republican committee reports hacking to Federal Bureau of Investigation

United States mid-term elections: Republican committee reports hacking to Federal Bureau of Investigation

The email accounts of four top aides at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) were compromised for months in an intrusion detected in April, Politico reported, citing three unidentified senior party officials.

The National Republican Congressional Committee says it was hit with a "cyber intrusion" during the 2018 midterm campaign and the breach has been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

None of the information accessed during the hack - thousands of emails from senior NRCC aides - has appeared in public, party officials said.

Politico first reported the news. "I think you can draw from that".

They also said the committee decided not to inform the public about the hack because the internal investigation was still pending.

"'The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity", Ian Prior, a spokesman for the group, said in an email Tuesday.


It comes after the high-profile hack of Democratic campaign committees and other prominent Democrats aligned with Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

"The cybersecurity of the committee's data is paramount, and upon learning of the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter", the statement continued.

The NRCC would offer no additional comment in order to "protect the integrity of that investigation", the statement said.

Although it is unclear who was behind the hack, several officials privately believe it may have been the work of foreign hackers.

After the DNC emails were released in 2016, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned Republicans not to celebrate the leaks.

Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said in a tweet that the NRCC hack demonstrates that such attacks are "not a Republican or Democratic problem". "Tomorrow it could be us".

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