An unknown hacker’s group had reportedly compromised one of President Donald Trump’s campaign websites earlier today. The attack appeared as a cryptocurrency scam, in which the perpetrators asked for payments transferred via Monero. Thirty minutes after the hack, the President’s team updated that they had taken back control, and no sensitive information was exposed.
President Trump’s Campaign Website Hacked
According to the Forbes report, the About page of the website called donaldjtrump.com displayed a suspicious text hours ago. With several typos, it read that “this site was seized. the world has had enough of the fake news spreaded daily by president donald j. trump.”
The attackers further explained that they have access to information proving that the US President and his team have been involved and even led several massive conspiracies. Firstly, they blamed the “trump-gov” for being the origin of the coronavirus.
The accusations didn’t stop there. The perpetrators said that the Trump administration has been cooperating with foreign parties to manipulate the upcoming 2020 elections.
They insisted that the evidence to support the accusations came after compromising the website and gathering the necessary information.
Seek Monero (XMR)
As the screenshot above demonstrates, the attackers asked the website visitors if they wanted to receive this evidence. Actually, the ultimate decision was up to them, and the visitors could use the privacy coin Monero to vote.
They had the opportunity to send XMR to two addresses – the first one said “yes, share the data,” while the second one – “no, do not share the data.”
After an undisclosed deadline, the attackers promised to “compare the funds and execute the will of the world. In both cases, we will inform you.”
It’s still unknown who was behind the attack. However, it’s worth noting that the infamous hacker’s group REvil recently announced that they have switched from Bitcoin to Monero as their primary payment method.
No Actual Data Exposed
Despite the perpetrators’ claims that they have accessed sensitive and compromising information from the website, a White House spokesman refuted their assertions.
“Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced, and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack. There was no exposure to sensitive data because none of it is actually stored on the site.” – commented Trump communications director Tim Murtaugh.
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