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Top Republicans suffer hack into their e-mails

The Republican campaign team of House of Representatives encountered a high profile hack at the time of this year's election causing a massive number of classified e-mails becoming exposed. The electronic mail A/Cs belonging to 4 senior members of National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) got targeted and put under surveillance spanning several months.


An MSSP (managed security services provider), which maintains watch over NRCC's network, first discovered the hack. This service provider notified NRCC which in turn reported to the renowned cyber-security company Crowdstrike, which is already working for the NRCC. A probe was started internally, while FBI too was notified. The committee disclosed hardly any details regarding the security breach except for saying that the perpetrator of the intrusion was some "unknown entity."


NRCC was given to anxiety following the hack with unfolding of the 2018 mid-term election campaign. Covington & Burling a well known law firm at Washington along with Mercury Public Affairs was brought in on request by the committee for supervising the hack's aftermath reactions. Both organizations were paid handsomely for the task. Chris Winkelman, chief legal counsel of the committee spent hours in handling the situation. www.politico.com posted this on the Web dated December 4, 2018.


Much similar to NRCC hack, the hack on DNC before the 2016 U.S presidential election too involved intruding the e-mail accounts of staff followed with stealing their innumerable e-mails. Those electronic mails became exposed just before the election in an apparent effort for making the results biased towards Donald Trump as the DNC states with surety. Soon after the FSB intelligence office of Russia was pointed at as being the key suspect, although Russian parliament the Kremlin denied the allegation.


Some hacking incidents related to the mid-term elections are publicly known, notably a few attempted spear-phishing assaults targeting the election campaigns. However, these attempts barely attained any success, apparently due to revamped digital security by political organizations following the alarm that the 2016 DNC hack raised. Yet the prominent NRCC security intrusion reiterates that what is known to one and everyone does not necessarily give the scenario in totality.

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