US Election: Hackers steal $2.3m from Trump's campaign fund


President Donald Trump's campaign lost $2.3 million to hackers days to the presidential election

The money was stolen from the Wisconsin Republican Party’s account that was being used to help reelect Trump in the key battleground state.

The party’s chairman, Andrew Hitt, told the AFP on Thursday they noticed the suspicious activity on October 22 and contacted the FBI, and the agency is investigating the fraud.

Hitt said the hackers manipulated invoices from four vendors who were being paid to send out direct mail for the Trump campaign.

Hackers altered the invoices to direct payments to themselves and not the vendors. Hitt said that it appears the attack began as a phishing scam.

The attack was discovered less than two weeks before Election Day as both Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden made their final push to win Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes. 

Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016 and planned his third visit in seven days on Friday.

Biden also planned to campaign in Wisconsin on Friday. 

According to AFP, polls have consistently shown a tight race in the state, usually with Biden ahead by single digits and within the margin of error.

Hitt said the stolen money would have been used in the final days of the campaign to make snap spending decisions based on the state of the race.

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