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Hackgate 2018

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) suffered a major cyber attack during the 2018 midterm elections. The hack exposed sensitive emails about the GOP’s House campaign strategy to an unknown β€œforeign entity.”

A long time coming

The months-long surveillance was discovered back in April and quickly reported to the FBI. However, senior House Republicans were only informed of the attack this week.


LEANING LEFT:

Vox: Trump Likes to Blame Democrats for Getting Hacked. Now Republicans Have Been Too.

Washington Examiner: Video of Trump Saying DNC Should be β€˜Ashamed’ for Getting Hacked Resurfaces After NRCC Hack Revealed

The left sees the hack as an embarrassment for Republicans, and as a sign of poor leadership. They are quick to reference Trump’s 2016 comments that the GOP had better security defenses than the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which experienced hacking by Russian intelligence. 

LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: National Republican Congressional Committee Suffered β€˜Cyber Intrusion,’ Spokesman Says

Townhall: Yikes: Republicans Suffered Major Cyber Hack During 2018 Election

The right reports news of the hack without much editorializing. Like some on the left, these outlets emphasize the fact that senior House leadership were not alerted to the attack until recently. 


Big ongoing problem

Just before the midterm elections, a Pew survey found that a majority of Americans were not confident in the US election system β€” in fact, many expected a foreign country would try to interfere again. Cybersecurity and election security have become hotly contested policy areas in the US, with little productive headway thus far.

That was easy

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