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Hackers forced U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright to sack his private cellphone number.
Mr. Cartwright said Tuesday he got a new number in the last month after pornographic texts started showing up through his old number the last month. That started after unknown computer hackers got lists of contacts and other documents from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCCC helps elect the party’s congressional candidates and over the years Mr. Cartwright helped the group, which had his contact information on its lists.
The congressman described the texts as “vile.”
“I won’t even repeat what they said,” Mr. Cartwright said.
Numerous Democratic members of Congress suffered the same fate. On Aug. 14, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged her members to change their phone numbers and said she received “scores” of “obscene and sick” calls, according to a message she sent to members. Mr. Cartwright said he did not get obscene voicemails.
“I think this hack of the DCCC is just the tip of the iceberg,” Mr. Cartwright said. “National cyber security has been an immense concern to me, one that only comes into sharper focus when your own private information gets hacked.”
Shane Seaver, a spokesman for Mr. Cartwright’s congressional office, said no staffers had to change their numbers.
A hacker known as Guccifer 2.0 claims credit for hacking the DCCC’s computers.
The FBI is investing that hack and an earlier one of Democratic National Committee computers. The hackers’ release of DNC emails forced Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign as national party chairwoman after the emails showed staffers discussing ways to undermine Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign.
The FBI said it believes Russian hackers targeted the Democratic groups. The matter popped up in the presidential race because Republican nominee Donald Trump invited the Russian hackers to find emails missing from the private server Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state. His invitation outraged Mrs. Clinton and her supporters suspicious of Mr. Trump’s admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Trump later said he meant the remark sarcastically.