The revelation of The Hack comes weeks after the Republicans lost their majority and saw Democrats nearly 40 seats in the house. As an indication of how serious the committee thought the hack was for the hack, they had the law firm Covington and Burling deal with the matter, as well as Mercury Public Affairs, which was in charge of public relations work around the intrusion.
After the NRCC was made aware of the hack, top representatives told CrowdStrike, a Republican official. The cybersecurity firm, which helped the Democrats expel the Russians from their computer systems in 201
"The NRCC can confirm that it has been the victim of a cyber intruder by an unknown entity," Prior said. "Cyber security of the committee's data is of paramount importance, and as the NRCC learned of the interference, the NRCC headed immediately launched an internal investigation and informed the FBI, which is now investigating the matter. "
"To protect the integrity of this investigation, the NRCC will not comment on the incident," he added.
The use of hacked material during election campaigns has been a focus since the 2016 campaign, as e-mails from the upper ranks of the Clinton campaign went into the closure weeks of the campaign.
In 2016, the campaign committee of the Democrat fight was also hacked. Kremlin-backed hackers released internal documents stolen by DCCC servers as part of the far-reaching efforts of the Russian government to intervene in US elections and some of them sensitive internal campaign documents were later used in Republican adverts.
Although he had not signed an agreement, the chairman of the NRCC issued a statement stating that the committee had no choice to use hacked material.
"We do not seek stolen or hacked material, we do not want stolen or hacked material, we do not intend to use stolen or hacked material," said NRCC chairman Steve Stivers of Ohio on time.
The hack of the NRCC may prove uncomfortable for Republicans, as President Donald Trump has mocked his political opponents when hacked by foreign actors, and he has praised Republicans for investing in greater protection against cyber-attacks to have.
Shortly thereafter Trump was informed during the transition by senior US intelligence officials about the hacks in the Democratic National Committee, he was pleased in his first comments and said that the Republican National Committee was also Ed's target, but "had strong hacking defense and the Hackers were not successful. "