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[ISN] Hack of vendor illustrates Capitol Hill's cyber vulnerability


By Jennifer Martinez
Hillicon Valley
The Hill

Hill staffers should take this week’s hacker attack against an email newsletter service commonly used by congressional offices seriously, experts say.

There was confusion on Capitol Hill after a Twitter account affiliated with the hacker group Anonymous claimed it posted the email addresses and alleged passwords of hundreds of House and Senate staffers online. The leaked data ultimately turned out to be congressional aides’ expired log-in information for an outside email newsletter service by iConstituent, which is used by staffers to send newsletters to constituents back in lawmakers' home districts.

Although the leaked log-in information is outdated, cybersecurity experts contend that hackers could use the expired passwords to try to crack into Hill staffers’ personal email, online banking and social media accounts.


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