An intruder agreed since April to thousands of emails from a training body, which decided not to publish it in order to avoid damaging the investigation.
The Republican campaign for the House of Representatives in the legislative elections last month in the United States was the victim of a cyberattack, which exposed thousands of emails from its members, according to party officials cited by Politico. It is not known who is behind the hacking in the computer network of the Republican National Committee of Congress, or if it was a foreign government. But due to the nature of the sophisticated attack, explains the news website, the party believes that the intruder was an agent from another country.
The email accounts of four high-ranking assistants of the Committee were intervened for months. The intrusion was detected in April, always according to Politico, and an employee alerted the committee and the cybersecurity contractor. An internal investigation was initiated and the FBI informed. However, the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives were not informed, not even the president, Paul Ryan, until they were contacted by Politico. Members of the Committee explained that they did not expose the hack so as not to compromise the investigation.
As the election approached, in which the Republicans would eventually lose control of the House of Representatives, concerns about hacking grew in the Committee. The services of a major law firm and a public relations firm were hired to monitor the response to the attack. “The National Republican Committee of Congress can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity. The cyber security of the Committee’s data is fundamental and, upon learning of the intrusion, the Committee immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is investigating the matter, “Ian Prior, vice president of the public relations firm, told Politico. Mercury
Sources of the party assure that, during the intrusion, information of any donor of the formation was not compromised. So far, no piece of the information to which the intruder could have access in the thousands of intercepted e-mails has been published, and no one has threatened the Committee with publishing anything.
But the fact of having hidden a cyberattack during the campaign can cause internal problems in a party in full digestion of the loss of 40 seats in the House. And the news can be embarrassing for a president who has boasted that his party is better than the democrat on issues of cybersecurity,and that’s why only his rivals were hacked in the 2016 elections. In that campaign, Russian agents accessed electronic content of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. But on that occasion the emails were delivered to WikiLeaks, which published them before the Democratic convention. “The Democratic National Committee should be embarrassed for allowing them to be hacked,” the president said in an interview last July.