RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTV) — The Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party says his email was compromised just hours after someone threw a bottle of flammable liquid through the window of Orange County’s GOP headquarters.
The “firebombing” happened Sunday and caused campaign signs, supplies and furniture to catch fire before burning itself out. A swastika and “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building.
Monday morning, an email was sent to a distribution list for NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse.
The email was sent Monday morning and appeared to be a document entitled “GOP-financial_Document.pdf” that was located in a Drop Box account.
Several hours later Woodhouse sent an email to the distribution listed with the subject line “WARNING: Do not click ‘GOP-Financial_Document’.”
Woodhouse said the link was part of a phishing email sent to all of his contacts with a “link to a counterfeit site pretending to be dropbox. I did not send those emails.”
“The linked website in the email will try to trick you into putting your email address and password to ‘sign in’,” he warned recipients. “DO NOT enter your email or password on that counterfeit site (or on any non-verified, non-SSL secured site).”
He then warned anyone who entered a password to change their passwords immediately and “never use that password again, for anything, ever.”
Woodhouse said his account has since been secured and apologized for the inconvenience.
Online some people were linking the email hack with the firebombing of NCGOP’s offices.
Woodhouse, himself, called Sunday’s bombing “political terrorism.”
“Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy,” Woodhouse said. “Everyone in this country should be free to express their political viewpoints without fear for their own safety.”
Gov. Pat McCrory Sunday called it “an attack on our democracy.”
“Violence has no place in our society – but especially in our elections,” he said. “I will use every resource as governor to assist local authorities in this investigation.”
An online campaign reportedly set up by a group of Democrats to help rebuild the firebombed Republican party headquarters met and surpassed its $10,000 goal only 40 minutes.
Democrats behind the GoFundMe page referred to the spray painted message as “an abhorrent threat.” The group said its online campaign is aimed at helping the office reopen as soon as possible.
The campaign is not an official effort of the Democratic Party, but rather the work of a group of supportive Democrats. The group said they hoped to make a statement against such tactics.
The burning of the office has been condemned by leaders of both parties nationwide.
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