The National Republican Congressional Committee was hacked this election cycle.
NRCC spokesman Ian Prior said: “The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity. 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 excuse for not providing any further details is that it is trying to protect the integrity of the FBI investigation.
However, someone spilt the beans to the press which claimed that the breach included thousands of emails from four senior aides.
An outside vendor noticed and alerted the committee in April. The committee then launched an internal investigation and alerted the FBI.
However the NRCC failed to alert the outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), incoming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) or anyone else in House GOP leadership.
NRCC officials claimed that was to try to keep the information close to the vest to make it easier to investigate and avoid alerting the hackers that they’d been detected.
It is thought that the hack came from a “foreign agent” as no information from the emails was used publicly.
Strangely, the NRCC refused to take part in negotiations with officials at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that would have kept both sides from using any hacked materials.
It appears that the NRCC thought that foreign hackers would only target Democrats and turn over any emails to their side where they could be used in dirty tactic politicking. It looks like someone needs to check if they have paid their protection money to the “foreign agents” or need to concede a big chunk of Crimea to someone for normal service to be resumed.