News Release

[Madison, WI] – On Thursday, the Republican Party of Wisconsin issued the following statement from Chairman Andrew Hitt following the recent cyberattack on the Republican Party of Wisconsin:

“Cybercriminals, using a sophisticated phishing attack, stole funds intended for the re-election of President Trump, altered invoices and committed wire fraud. These criminals exhibited a level of familiarity with state party operations at the end of the campaign to commit this crime. While a large sum of money was stolen, our operation is running at full capacity with all the resources deployed to ensure President Donald J. Trump carries Wisconsin on November 3rd.”

Background:

  • Late Thursday evening, October 22nd, the Wisconsin Republican Party discovered it was the victim of a sophisticated phishing attack.
  • On Friday morning, October 23rd, we notified the F.B.I. that as a result of this cyberattack, hackers obtained $2.3 million through doctored invoices under the name of WisGOP vendors.
  • There is no evidence that the hackers acquired any proprietary information.
  • The WisGOP is working closely with the F.B.I. while they conduct their investigation.

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