Quantcast
Connect with us

National Republican Senatorial Committee website hit by Russian-linked virus: researcher

Published

on

Andrea Bozek Communications Director, @NRSC (Twitter)

A U.S. Republican Party website selling campaign stickers and other political gear is among thousands of websites infected with a credit-card stealing virus that sent data to a server in Russia, according to a Dutch security researcher.

A page on the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s website selling stickers, T-shirts and baseball caps was infected with a hard-to-detect virus that collected all information entered on orders, including buyers’ names and addresses, credit card numbers and merchandise ordered, according to the researcher, Willem de Groot.

ADVERTISEMENT

De Groot, co-founder of Dutch e-commerce company Byte, said that he learned of the infection after conducting a web scan to find sites infected with the virus. “I don’t think it was a targeted attack,” de Groot told Reuters.

Other victims include clothing retailers, car manufacturers and local shops. He declined to identify them, saying he had not had time to notify them of the infection.

The NRSC took down the website on Thursday and acknowledged that it had been targeted by a “skimming operation”.

NRSC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said a vendor discovered “an issue yesterday that affected an extremely small number of supporters.”

“The problem was fixed immediately and we are contacting those who were affected,” she said in a statement. She provided no further details.

ADVERTISEMENT

The NRSC, a party operation dedicated to getting Republicans elected to the Senate, said it found no evidence that its primary donation system was hacked. The numbers affected account for less than 0.0018 percent of online donations to the NRSC, a committee aide said.

The committee had received more than $65 million in political contributions for the 2016 campaign, as of Aug. 31, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Researcher De Groot documented the attack in a video on his blog, in which he demonstrates that entering an order on the NRSC site causes the malware to send its details to a server in Russia. http://bit.ly/2dxNS6z

ADVERTISEMENT

The malware was embedded into the site’s code, which can be viewed using a common web browser, according to de Groot.

A search of archived versions of the set led him to determine that it had been infected since at least March of this year, he said.

ADVERTISEMENT

The infection was earlier reported by the Dutch website Follow the Money, www.ftm.nl.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Boston and Toby Sterling in Amsterdam. Additional reporting by David Morgan in Washington; Editing by Alistair Bell)


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump campaign in danger of having lawsuits thrown out over unpaid legal bills: report

Published

on

According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump's cash-strapped campaign is frantically attempting to collect settlements in legal disputes because it needs the money to fund other lawsuits that are in danger of being dismissed.

Noting that the campaign of the embattled president is pressing Omarosa Manigault Newman to make a delinquent $52,000 payment for writing an unauthorized book about White House doings, the report explains the money is desperately needed.

Continue Reading

2020 Election

‘Women didn’t like that’: Fox News host grills GOP chairwoman after Trump interrupts ‘145 times’ at debate

Published

on

Fox News host Sandra Smith pressed Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday over the idea that President Donald Trump could be punished with a "mute button" after he repeatedly interrupted Democratic candidate Joe Biden at Tuesday's presidential debate.

During an interview on Fox News, Smith noted that the Commission on Presidential Debates is considering changing the rules due to the constant interruptions at the first debate between Biden and Trump.

"At any point when you were watching the debate, did you wish that perhaps President Trump didn't jump in there as much as he did?" Smith wondered.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Rod Rosenstein secretly crippled the Mueller investigation: report

Published

on

According to a report from the New York Times, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a hand in limiting the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians by secretly curtailing an FBI counterintelligence probe.

The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."

Continue Reading
 
 
Democracy is in peril. Invest in progressive news. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free. LEARN MORE