It is being reported that alleged hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party account used to reelect President Trump. Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party Andrew Hitt said he informed the FBI after noticing suspicious activity on October 22. The FBI has opened an investigation.
Hitt said, “There’s no doubt RPW is now at a disadvantage with that money being gone.” He said that money was critical in decision-making, especially this close to Election Day.
According to Hitt, hackers manipulated invoices from four of the vendors the party pays to send Trump reelection campaign mail. The hackers altered the destination of the invoice so that the money would go to the hacker’s accounts instead of the vendors. Hitt believes it was a phishing attempt.
Alec Zimmerman, spokesperson for the party, said they don’t think there was a data breach and that the money was stolen from the party’s federal account; money in that account constantly fluctuates because of campaign needs.
Hitt also said that at the Republican National convention they were warned to be aware of potential cyber attacks, but he isn’t aware if other party accounts have been hacked as well.
Sources: Associated Press, Daily Caller; Photo-The New York Times