Thousands of House GOP campaign committee emails were stolen in hack

Traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington streaks past the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters building. The National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday that it was hit with a

Politico, citing senior party officials, said the NRCC had kept details of the hack hidden from the party's leadership, as well as its house members, saying it feared it would make it harder to find the culprit. CrowdStrike did, however, make RAM and hard drive images of the servers, which were then handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ian Prior, a spokesman for the committee, said Tuesday that they were hacked "by an unknown entity".

On Monday, Politico reached out to the offices of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), finding none of the leaders had been informed of the breach until the outlet called for comments in response to the matter.

It was a vendor of the committee that first discovered the hack and notified the NRCC and the contractor that monitors its cybersecurity, according to Politico.

The party officials said the email traffic was surveilled for several months.

"To protect the integrity of that investigation, the NRCC will offer no further comment on the incident", the statement read.

The NRCC also told Politico that nothing obtained by the hack appeared in public, nor were there any blackmail attempts using the information against senior party officials.

The party's House membership recently elected Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., to be the NRCC's new chair.

House Republicans suffered a major defeat in last month's midterm elections, losing as many 39 seats and their majority in the chamber during the process.

During the 2016 presidential election, WikiLeaks' released hacked material damaging to Clinton's presidential effort, and U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation was the source of that hacked material.

President Trump has bashed Democrats when they were hacked during the 2016 presidential campaign, claiming the Democratic National Committee was "poorly defended". The full extent of the attack is not yet clear, though donor information was not affected, according to the officials.

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