The current US President’s website was hacked yesterday before his team was able to regain control
Around 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time yesterday, a page of the Trump Campaign website momentarily displayed a message that said: „this website has been seized. the world is sick and tired of the false news broadcasted daily by President Donald J. Trump“. The president’s campaign team said no confidential data was exposed in the attack.
To make it look legitimate, the hackers have added seals of replicas from the Department of Justice and the FBI. The page message was corrected shortly afterwards. It is still unclear how the hackers were able to access the site. Based on the grammar used by the perpetrator, it is possible that the hackers are not native English speakers.
They went on to say that they had gotten their hands on compromised devices, which had information confirming the Trump government’s involvement in the coronavirus outbreak. They also added that he was conspiring with other foreign parties to alter the course of the election.
The coup perpetrators linked two crypto Monero (XMR) addresses to the message, asking users to vote on whether the data should be shared by depositing funds. They left one last message saying: „After the deadline, we will compare the funds and execute the will of the world. In both cases, we will inform you“.
The site hack lasted about half an hour and during that time, access to the site was limited. This attack is arguably the most unnerving so far this year, considering that the US presidential elections are approaching and law enforcement/intelligence agencies in the US are on high alert.
Crypto-related attacks targeted at high-profile individuals have increased this year. The most significant was that of several personalities on Twitter on July 15. Since then, several others have been reported, primarily the crypto scam on the personal website of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The name of the president of Colombia, Ivan Duque, was also used to promote a Bitcoin-related coup in early September.