The same group suspected of hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta also targeted the conservative Heritage Foundation prior to the 2016 presidential election, according to a report on Tuesday.
The Heritage Foundation informed employees of the attempted hacking via email two weeks before the election, telling them the FBI had been in contact with the foundation about phishing attempts, the Daily Caller reported.
"The same threat groups that have been releasing information about the DNC, Hillary Clinton, and recently john Podesta have been targeting specific people within Heritage via Phishing campaigns," an email obtained by the Daily Caller from Oct. 24, 2016 reads. Phishing emails come from seemingly legitimate sources but are actually attempts to trick users into sharing their personal information.
"Our security monitoring tools and services show no signs of an active compromise. However, we were contacted by the FBI agent-in-charge regarding emails sent to Heritage staff in August and September," the email added.
The conservative think tank was regarded as being highly influential during Trump's run for office in 2016.
A Heritage spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that to their knowledge all attempted phishing scams have been unsuccessful thanks to the foundation's "extensive security measures."
"Like other high-profile policy organizations, Heritage is the target of phishing attacks on a regular basis, some from sophisticated actors," a Heritage spokesperson said. "When appropriate, we share relevant information with law enforcement and the information security community."