NRCC website hacked to display Viagra ads

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As of 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, the links to Viagra and Cialis ads were still live on the committee's website. The hack was first flagged on the social media network Twitter by BuzzFeed reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro at 9:28 a.m.

Hackers have targeted political and media figures with regularity in recent weeks. On Sunday, the pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for a weekend attack of the E! News Twitter feed, which resulted in a message being sent to the celebrity network's 5.2 million subscribers insinuating that singer Justin Bieber was gay. 

Last month, the same group hacked the Associated Press Twitter feed, falsely reporting that the White House had been attacked and President Obama was injured. The FBI is investigating the incident, which caused a dramatic sell-off on the stock exchanges.


This post was corrected at 4:00 p.m. to omit a quotation erroniously attributed to a NRCC spokesman.


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