The Republican Party announced that hackers managed to steal $ 2.3 million from the party’s account in the US state of Wisconsin, which was intended for use in the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump in the state.
Republican Party Chairman Andrew Heat told the Associated Press that the party noticed suspicious activity on the account on Thursday, October 22nd, and contacted the FBI, Friday.
Hitt confirmed that the FBI is currently investigating the case.
The stolen money would have been used in the final days of the campaign to make early spending decisions based on race conditions, Hit said, noting that the hackers tampered with invoices from four vendors who were being paid to send direct mail for Trump’s re-election effort and to provide pro-Trump materials such as hats that could be delivered to Supporters. But the bills and other documents were modified, so when the other side paid them, the money went to the hackers rather than the sellers.
He said the hack was discovered after someone noticed that an invoice had been created that shouldn’t have existed.
An FBI spokesman, Brett Banner, said that according to its policy, “the FBI is not permitted to confirm or deny any investigation.”
State Department of Justice spokeswoman Rebecca Bullwig said that the department’s specialized cybercrime center had not been asked to investigate the case.
The alleged hack was discovered less than two weeks before the upcoming election day, on the third of November.
Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, are making their latest attempts to win Wisconsin and its 10 electoral college votes.
Trump had won in 2016 in Wisconsin with less than 23,000 votes, and was planning his third visit in a week, Friday.
Biden is also planning to visit Wisconsin and continue his campaign there, on Friday.
Opinion polls show strong competition in the state, and Biden usually has a slight lead and within the margin of error.
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