The current US President’s site was hacked yesterday before his team managed to regain control
Around 7 pm Eastern Time yesterday, the About Page of the Trump Campaign website momentarily displayed a message that read,” this site was seized. the world has had enough of the fake news spreaded daily by president donald j. Trump.” The president’s campaign team stated that no sensitive data was exposed in the attack.
To make it appear legitimate, the hackers added replica seals from the Department of Justice and FBI. The page’s message was fixed shortly afterwards. It is not yet known how the scammers managed to access the website. 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 that had information confirming the involvement of Trump’s government in the coronavirus breakout. They also added that he was conspiring with other foreign parties to alter the election course.
The scammers linked two Monero (XMR) crypto addresses to the message, asking users to vote on whether the data should be shared by depositing funds. They left a last message reading, “After the deadline we will compare the funds and execute the will of the world. In both cases we will inform you.”
The website hack lasted about half an hour and during this period, access to the site was limited. This attack is arguably the most unnerving so far this year considering that the US presidential elections are around the corner and law enforcement/intelligence agencies in the US are on high alert.
Crypto-related attacks targeting high profile individuals have been on a rise this year. The most significant was that of several personalities on Twitter on July 15. Since then, several others have been reported, most notably the crypto scam on the personal website of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The name of Colombia’s President Ivan Duque’s was also used to promote a Bitcoin-related scam at the beginning of September.