News of email accounts belonging to top officials in the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) being hacked during the 2018 midterm elections has dropped, in a development that shouldn’t have shocked anybody.
The incompetence of the NRCC can be clearly seen by the abysmal results of the midterm elections for Congressional Republicans. But their incompetence goes even deeper when the situation surrounding the hack is reviewed.
In the past year and a half, the NRCC has paid the cyber-security firm Crowdstrike $120,000 for “computer support.”
But even with the hefty payments, Crowdstrike was not able to identify the security breach, which occurred eight months ago in April.
Instead, it was a managed security services provider who identified the breach, and then alerted Crowdstrike, according to Politico. In response, the NRCC did not tell the public, or other Republican leaders, but did notify the FBI.
These revelations, showing incompetence from Crowdstrike, shouldn’t have been surprising.
Crowdstrike is the same cyber-security firm used by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) prior to the infamous email breach of the 2016 election, which resulted in their emails being leaked to WikiLeaks.
As the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak points out, although Crowdstrike began responding to the email breach on May 5, 2016, the emails continued to be stolen for weeks:
“CrowdStrike was responding to the DNC’s hack as of May 5, 2016, but emails continued to be stolen for weeks. In fact, the majority of the emails WikiLeaks published were not even written until after May 5. That’s despite the fact that CrowdStrike claimed it knew within minutes that the problem was a specific virus and that it was tied to Russia.
CrowdStrike, which is led by a Russian ex-pat and a former FBI official, took until June 10, 2016, to replace all the software in a move it believed would put an end to the breach. The last DNC email WikiLeaks published was written on May 25.”
So despite the incompetence of Crowdstrike being on public display, the NRCC chose to have them work on their behalf.
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