The campaign organization for House Rebuplican had suffered a major hack during 2018 Midterm elections, according toa report fromPolitico. The hackers exposed thousands of sensitive Emails of four senior National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) aides for several months until a security company discovered the intrusion in April.
The Committee officials said that they decide to hold back the information because the NRCC conducting an internal investigation and also involved FBI.
“We don’t want to get into details about what was taken because it’s an ongoing investigation,” said a senior party official. “Let’s say they had access to four active accounts. I think you can draw from that.”
“The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity,” said Ian Prior of Mercury Public Affairs, a PR agency employed by the committee. “Upon learning of the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter.
Party officials would not say that who was behind the hack or how did it happen, Although they believe that it was a foreign agent due to the nature of the attack and provide a very little detail about him. National Republican Congressional Committee kept the investigation private so that Donor information was not compromised.
Moreover, FBI spokesperson refused to comment on this case, though none of the information accessed during the hack, thousands of emails from senior NRCC aides has appeared in public, the party officials said. They also said that there were no attempts to threat NRCC or its leadership during the campaign with exposure to the information.
This hacking incident depicts the Democratic National Committee networks during the 2016 presidential election, along with other targets like Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. It was believed that Russian state-sponsored hackers are behind those attacks.