Lincoln Project Loses $35K To Hackers, Prompting Security Overhaul

The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump political action committee, recently fell victim to a cyberattack that resulted in the loss of $35,000. The incident, which took place in February, was reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as two fraudulent transactions of $20,000 and $15,000.

Lincoln Project spokesperson Greg Minchak explained that hackers had breached a vendor’s email, creating convincing invoices that were sent from the vendor’s legitimate account. This cyberattack affected multiple clients of the vendor, including the Lincoln Project. Although the vendor’s name was not disclosed, Minchak assured that the fraudulent transactions did not impact the group’s operations.

Upon discovering the breach, the Lincoln Project’s compliance team took swift action to address the issue. This included alerting their bank’s fraud department and implementing new procedures to verify invoices and payments. Minchak stated that, since the hack originated from the vendor, the vendor and the bank’s fraud department are leading the investigation.

This incident is one of several challenges the Lincoln Project has faced in recent years. The group has previously been embroiled in controversy, including the resignation of co-founder George Conway, who called for the group to shut down following harassment allegations against another co-founder, John Weaver.

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