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The Heritage Foundation, an American think tank, suffered a cyberattack

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said on Friday it suffered a cyberattack earlier this week.

A person with knowledge of the cyberattack told TechCrunch that Heritage is working to remediate the cyberattack, but it’s unclear what data, if any, was stolen.

Politico first reported news of the cyberattack on Friday, citing Heritage officials as saying the organization shut down its network “to prevent any further malicious activity while we investigate the incident.”

The news outlet quoted Heritage officials as saying the cyberattack may have come from nation-state hackers, but provided no evidence for this claim.

Heritage spokesman Noah Weinrich declined to comment when contacted by email on Thursday and had no immediate comment when contacted by TechCrunch on Friday.

Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., Heritage advocates and lobbies on conservative issues. The foundation is highly influential in Republican politics. Think tanks, many of which are staffed by former U.S. government officials, are often targets of overseas cyberattacks and state-led espionage because of their ties to government and policymaking.

Heritage suffered a cyberattack in 2015, when hackers stole internal emails and donors’ personal information.

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