The House campaign arm of the Republican party “suffered a major hack” during the 2018 midterm elections, but not even senior officials were told about it, Politico reported Tuesday.
Four senior members of the National Republican Congressional Committee had their email accounts “surveilled” for months, and “thousands of sensitive emails” were seen by a suspected foreign agent, the report reads.
The FBI was alerted, but the information was not shared with Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI.) or his successor as the GOP’s House leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Politico told those senior officials about the hack when they reached out for comment. The head of the campaign group, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), refused to comment.
“The hack became a major source of consternation within the committee as the midterm election unfolded,” the report reads, and hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent.
Read the full report here.