Yikes: Republicans Suffered Major Cyber Hack During 2018 Election

Little information was given about the recent cyber intrusion

Little information was given about the recent cyber intrusion

Thousands of Republican campaign committee emails were hacked during the 2018 election and the party kept it a secret - even from top GOP leaders.

On the heels of a reported cyberattack on the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2018 midterm elections, the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee jabbed at Republicans who fought against implementing additional election security measures. CrowdStrike did, however, make RAM and hard drive images of the servers, which were then handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Let's say they had access to four active accounts".

Politico told those senior officials about the hack when they reached out for comment.

One person familiar with the investigation into the NRCC hack said that they believe the hacker to be a foreign operator, but others said they couldn't attribute it to anyone besides a sophisticated actor.

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Ian Prior, a spokesman for the committee, said Tuesday that they were hacked "by an unknown entity".

Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, who will head the committee next year, was only briefed on the attack on Monday.

A NRCC vendor alerted the committee and its cybersecurity contractor, an internal investigation was started and the FBI was alerted, Politico said.

"To protect the integrity of that investigation, the NRCC will offer no further comment on the incident", the statement read.

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House Republicans suffered a major defeat in last month's midterm elections, losing as many 39 seats and their majority in the chamber during the process. The emails were obtained after Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta fell for a phishing scam and were posted by Wikileaks.

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".

The NRCC had already paid CrowdStrike almost $80,000 in 2017 prior to the hack, after which they paid the firm another $40,000.

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