Following the Russian hack of DCCC computer files, US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a lengthy email to the Democratic Caucus offering both an update and an admonish mentioned.
Leader Pelosi detailed her own personal experience thus far reporting to her colleagues that she received “scores” of mostly “obscene” and “sick” emails, text messages, and voicemails.
She then urged Caucus members not to let their kids check their messages or answer their phones.
The DCCC was first attacked and victimized by foreign cyber-terrorists using a cyber attack and now must expect to be attacked and victimized by partisan-terrorists using obscenities and harassment.
Domestic partisans carrying out the dirty work of international terrorists…this is truly a cycle for the history books, and the chapter will be a shameful one.
August 13, 2016
Dear Democratic Colleague,
As you are aware, the DCCC and other Democratic Party entities have been the target of cybersecurity intrusions – an electronic Watergate break-in.
As of last night, a mix of personal and official information of Democratic Members and hundreds of congressional staff, purportedly from a hack of the DCCC, was posted online.
This incident has been widely reported as part of a Russian cyber-attack. As reported, the DCCC has hired a respected cybersecurity technology firm to conduct a full investigation of the breach. With last night’s public posting, the following actions have been taken:
1. The Chief Information Security Officer of the House, in coordination with the Sergeant-at-Arms and Capitol Police, has sent communications to those whose email addresses have been made public, with guidance on how to address the situation. The House Chief Administrative Officer has also sent a campus-wide email stating that the House IT system has not been compromised, urging Members and staff to be vigilant opening emails and visiting websites, and reiterating the security steps suggested by the CIO.
2. Kelly Ward, the Executive Director of the DCCC, has sent an email to Members and chiefs of staff who were listed online, which provides additional guidance beyond the CIO’s email.
3. Chairman Luján has set up a Members’ call at 6:00pm Eastern today with a senior representative from the Sergeant-At-Arms office, and cybersecurity experts who have been investigating and responding to the breach to provide an update and some security guidance to Members.
We understand that there is an ongoing threat assessment by Capitol Police and the Sergeant-at-Arms.
On a personal note, I was in the air flying from Florida to California when the news broke. Upon landing, I have received scores of mostly obscene and sick calls, voicemails and text messages.
Please be careful not to allow your children or family members to answer your phone or read incoming text messages. This morning, I am changing my phone number and I advise you to do so as well. Until that process is complete, you may reach me by leaving a message through my office line at(202) 225-0100. We will regularly be checking for voicemails and I will be returning calls.
This is a sad course of events, not only for us, but more importantly for our country. I hope you can join us on the 6:00pm call with Chairman Luján. Please note this call is in addition to the already scheduled Caucus call by Chairman Becerra for Tuesday at 1:00pm Eastern.
The memos from the House CIO, CAO and the DCCC contain important guidance, and they are attached to this communication below.