When the computers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington were hacked in March or April, one of the campaigns touched was Illinois’ 10th Congressional District, according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee National Press Secretary Meredith Kelly.
“Immediately upon learning that the DCCC network had been hacked, the Committee hired the best cybersecurity experts available to evaluate and secure our system,” Kelly said. The DCCC computer is in a building where the DCCC and the Democratic National Committee both have offices.
The hacking into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and the sites of other Democratic Party-linked organizations was disclosed over the summer, according to a CNN report on October 18. The CNN report was based on a joint statement by the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security. Click here to read the full statement.
Kelly declined to give further information about what information was taken or leaked. Megan Ryan, a spokesperson for Rep. Elect Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield), said it was a matter for the DCCC and declined to comment.
Though a search by DNS did not find significant information about Schneider that was used by his opponent, Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth), news of the hack prompted a reaction from North Shore-area political leaders. Schneider defeated Dold in the November 8 election.
“This is not a petty thief breaking into a store to steal an iPod. This is an attack by a foreign entity,” said Lauren Beth Gash of Highland Park, state central committeeman for the 10th Congressional District. She wants an investigation by Congress.
Mark Shaw of Lake Forest, Gash’s counterpart on the Republican State Central Committee, also wants an investigation but he thinks allegations about Russian meddling in American elections should go both ways.
“Like any patriotic American I don’t want to see anything like this,” said Shaw. “It’s all the more reason (Secretary Hillary) Clinton should not have had a private server. Maybe we should be looking into the effect it had on Schneider’s victory.”
According to the New York Times, hackers using the made-up name of Guccifer 2.0 acted like news sources feeding stories to reporters. In one of those pitches, it disclosed Vice President Joe Biden was asked to call Schneider and encourage him to run for Congress against Dold, according to Politico.
The 10th District encompasses much of Lake County as well as parts of northern Cook County including all of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Highland Park, Glencoe, Deerfield and Highwood as well as parts of Northbrook and Glenview.