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Ex-Tennessee gov's Senate campaign notifies FBI of potential hack

Ex-Tennessee gov's Senate campaign notifies FBI of potential hack
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Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's (D) Senate campaign notified the FBI on Thursday that it may have been hacked, a revelation that comes amid growing fears of cyberattacks targeting the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

The campaign wrote a letter to the FBI notifying the bureau that it had received multiple emails on Feb. 28 about a planned media buy that requested funds be wired to an international back account in Dubai, CNN reported.

No funds were diverted, campaign counsel Robert Cooper told CNN, but “due to the fact that the imposters knew the media buy was imminent, we are concerned that there has been an unauthorized intrusion into the extended campaign organization.”

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In another instance, a hacker reportedly impersonated Bredesen by emailing the candidate’s contacts using an address similar to Bredesen’s own. The former governor later warned recipients not to click on a link in the email.

The emails sent to the Tennessee Democrat's campaign were traced back to the U.K., Nigeria and Ghana, according to CNN. 

Bredesen is running to replace Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOvernight Defense: Trump shifts tone on Saudis | New pressure from lawmakers | Trump: 'Certainly looks' like Khashoggi dead | Pompeo gives Saudis days to wrap up investigation | Trump threatens military action on border to stop migrants Trump changes tone on Saudi Arabia amid mounting pressure The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan MORE (R-Tenn.), who announced he will not seek reelection. The Democrat is pushing to face Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnCelebrity endorsements aren't kingmakers, but they may be tiebreakers Election Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after hurricane | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rep. Dave Brat gets Trump's 'total endorsement' | Dem candidates raise record B Blackburn thanks restaurant owner for hosting event after social media backlash MORE (R-Tenn.), who is considered the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

The Cook Political Report, a top nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the election as a "toss-up."

The attempted hacks of Bredesen’s campaign come amid widespread belief among lawmakers that Russia and other entities will attempt to interfere with this year’s U.S. midterm elections.

Many lawmakers and U.S. officials have expressed concerns that the U.S. is not adequately prepared to prevent cyberattacks from Russia in the upcoming elections.

Several administration officials have said they have not explicitly been directed to counteract Russian efforts, and others have said U.S. efforts must be more robust.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE said Tuesday that the U.S. will work to counteract any Russian meddling efforts "very strongly."

– Josh Delk contributed