U.S. Republican group hit by Russian-linked virus: researcher

A U.S. Republican Party website selling campaign stickers and other political gear is among thousands of websites infected with a credit-card stealing virus that sent data to a server in Russia, according to a Dutch security researcher. A page on the National Republican Senatorial Committee's website selling stickers, T-shirts and baseball caps was infected with a hard-to-detect virus that collected all information entered on orders, including buyers' names and addresses, credit card numbers and merchandise ordered, according to the researcher, Willem de Groot. De Groot, co-founder of Dutch e-commerce company Byte, said that he learned of the infection after conducting a web scan to find sites infected with the virus.

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