Thousands of sensitive emails stolen in intrusion of Republican campaign arm

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An email intrusion targeting a key Republican campaign committee allowed unknown people to steal thousands of sensitive emails from four senior aides, Politico reported Tuesday.

The attack on the National Republican Congressional Committee, the main group that works to elect Republicans to the US House of Representatives, allowed the person or group responsible to monitor the aides’ email accounts for several months, Politico said. The intrusion was detected in April by a managed security services provider the NRCC had retained to monitor the security of its network.

The unnamed provider informed NRCC officials, who in turn alerted security firm CrowdStrike. CrowdStrike, which was called in to investigate the Russian government’s 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee, had already been retained by the NRCC when the intrusion was discovered in April, Politico said.

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