Thousands of House GOP campaign committee emails were stolen in hack

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"The House GOP campaign arm suffered a major hack during the 2018 election, exposing thousands of sensitive emails to an outside intruder, according to three senior party officials", reports Politico.

The FBI was alerted, but the information was not shared with Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI.) or his successor as the GOP's House leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Politico first reported on the attack based on information provided by officials involved, who asked to remain anonymous.

The NRCC brought in top Washington law firm Covington and Burlington as well as Mercury Public Affairs shop to help with the response to the attack.

"Upon learning of the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter", committee spokesman Ian Prior said in an email.

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), the House member in charge of the committee during the 2018 cycle, did not respond to Politico's repeated requests for comment.

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While there's no official word on who was responsible, officials privately told the news site they believed it was a foreign agent.

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

CrowdStrike was previously the source of the claims that rogue Russian hackers invaded the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) servers. But hackers often launch sweeping spear-phishing campaigns to gain access to a variety accounts - with no political motivation. The emails were obtained after Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta fell for a phishing scam and were posted by Wikileaks.

'To protect the integrity of that investigation, the NRCC will offer no further comment on the incident, ' Prior added. It is unclear to what extent, if at all, the NRCC hack could have contributed to that.

Federal officials said after the midterms this year there had been no obvious voting system compromises - which appeared to remain the case, despite the hacking effort.

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