House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for fellow Democrats on Saturday to change their cell phone numbers immediately and to also not let family members read their text messages. Pelosi revealed that she had received obscene and sick calls and messages due to another targeted Democrat Party hack.
Pelosi told Democrat lawmakers that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and others of their own Democrat Party entities was the target of, “an electronic Watergate break-in” after a plethora of information regarding the Democratic House members and their congressional staff was posted online.
Pelosi said, “a mix of personal and official information of Democratic members and hundreds of congressional staff, purportedly from a hack of the DCCC.”
The infamous Guccifer 2.0, who has been credited with past leaks before, took credit for posting this new information on Friday night.
Guccifer actually claimed the recent hack of Democratic National Committee emails, which roiled the Democratic National Convention last month.
Guccifer describes himself as a Romanian hacker and denies working for Russia, but some believe he might be a pseudonym branding on behalf of Julian Assange’s Wikileaks, which has been responsible for exposing many cyber secrets in the past.
Pelosi said she was flying from Florida to California when she first heard about the information being posted, such as cell phone numbers.
Pelosi said, “Upon landing, I have received scores of mostly obscene and sick calls, voicemails and text messages.”
Pelosi continued to warn her fellow Party members by saying, “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. “
John Ramsey—the chief information security officer of the House—in coordination with US Capitol Police, has apparently sent warnings and instructions to those members whose email addresses have been hijacked about how to address the problem.
Ramsey also sent an email stating that the House computer system has not been compromised and urged members and their staff to be wary about opening emails and links to websites.
The chief information security officer also wrote a memo that was distributed by Pelosi advising lawmakers to change their passwords to all accounts that they use and strongly consider changing non-House email addresses if possible.
Ramsey wrote, “Should lawmakers or staff receive any threats or observe suspicious activity, they should contact U.S. Capitol Police and local police.”
Congressman Ben Ray Luján—Democrat from New Mexico and the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—held a spontaneous conference call with lawmakers on Saturday evening along with cyber-security experts who have been investigating and responding to the breach.
He said in the meeting that, “this is sad course of events, not only for us, but more importantly for our country.”
Disclosures of certain emails show DNC staffers privately supporting Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary while publicly maintaining they were neutral in her race with Bernie Sanders which led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
It goes without saying that the Democratic Party is on high alert and will no longer be expressing their honest opinions through their email addresses anymore.
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