RNC chairwoman taunts DNC over false hack

RNC chairwoman taunts DNC over false hack
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The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) is mocking her Democratic counterparts after it turned out that a reported hack was in fact just a test.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) had reported the potential hack to the FBI on Wednesday. But on Thursday it was revealed that it was just a test conducted by the Michigan Democratic Party

“I guess the Democrats still haven’t figured out how to talk to people in Michigan,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielEx-Trump national security official joins lobbying firm Virginia abortion bill reignites national debate Conservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report MORE tweeted Thursday. 

Michigan was a key swing state in 2016. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE won the state over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE by just over 10,000 votes. It was the first time a Republican presidential nominee had won the state since 1988.


Following the confusion over the false hack, the DNC will now require state parties to give them a heads up before any future tests, according to Politico. The DNC did not immediately return The Hill's request for comment regarding this new policy.

“The test, which mimicked several attributes of actual attacks on the Democratic party's voter file, was not authorized by the DNC, VoteBuilder nor any of our vendors,” DNC chief security officer Bob Lord said in a statement to The Hill, explaining the test.

“There are constant attempts to hack the DNC and our Democratic infrastructure, and while we are extremely relieved that this wasn't an attempted intrusion by a foreign adversary, this incident is further proof that we need to continue to be vigilant in light of potential attacks,” he continued.

Brandon Dillon, the chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, described the test as a “misstep” borne out of an “abundance of caution.”