A Republican Committee of the United States Congress today announced that senior party officials were the target of a cyber attack during the last legislative elections, held on November 6, confirmed two sources to NBC News, Telemundo's sister network.
The National Committee of the Republican Congress (NRCC) "can confirm that he was the victim of a cyberintrusion by an unknown entity," said the spokesperson of this organization, Ian Prior, to the network of NBC News.
Previously he stressed that "the information security of the committee data is crucial and, after learning of the intrusion, the NCRR immediately started an internal investigation and informed the FBI, which is now examining the issue ".
NBC News also confirmed that the main leaders of the Republican party were informed of the attack, including House of Representatives president Paul Ryan, majority leader Kevin McCarthy and majority leader Steve Scalise.
The NCRC is the committee charged with supporting the election of Republican candidates to the House of Representatives.
The Washington Post, which cited sources aware of the issue, said that at the moment it is unknown whether a foreign government was behind the leak into the computer network of the NRCC.
This source said that hacking was "sophisticated" and that it was "clearly designed to hide the tracks" of anyone who had done it.
The political newspaper, which spoke to three party officials, said that thousands of e-mails were exposed through this "hacking".
According to this medium, the e-mail accounts of four senior NRCC assistants have been monitored for months and hacking was detected in April.
The Republicans lost the majority in the lower house in the past legislative elections, while they held it in the Senate.