US President Donald Trump’s Campaign Website Hacked; Attackers Ask For Monero (XMR) to Release Information
The Official Trump campaign website faced a hacking attack that lasted less than an hour, with the hackers asking for privacy-enabled cryptocurrency, Monero (XMR).
- The Trump campaign website faced a 30-minute hack less than a week till the U.S. Presidential election.
- Hackers demanded XMR donations in a vote to release or hold on to the “confidential documents.”
As U.S. President Trump toured Wisconsin on Tuesday night, trying to swing the state's neutral votes, supporters trying to follow through with the proceedings on his official website could not access the site for half an hour. Hackers, who seem fond of the privacy enabled crypto, Monero (XMR), claim to have classified information of Trump’s campaign and how he handled the “Corona Virus” pandemic.
Just below doctored banners of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DoJ), the hacker had a message reading that the website was seized due to “classified information” involving wrongdoings of the Trump campaign rally, NY Times reported. The hackers further hinted that the documents further showed Trump’s government role in “the origin of the Corona Virus pandemic” and foreign countries working to help him win the 2020 Presidential elections.
A tweet from Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler, a seasoned Twitter user who was visiting the site to collect climate change data, the hacker was tired of “the fake news spread by the President.” The tweet reads,
— Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler (@ggreschler) October 27, 2020
None of these are factual, but the hacker offered the visitors of the site a vote between releasing and not releasing the documents. According to the message on the site, all that is needed to reveal the controversial and confidential documents to the public – or keep them under wraps – is winning in a “Yes” or “No” competition by donating Monero, a privacy-enabled coin.
Trump’s campaign spokesperson, Tim Murtaugh, stated that the hacker could probably have used “phishing or by redirecting the campaign website to the hacker’s own server.” So far, the Trump team has reported the incident to the authorities investigating the source of the attack.
However, no sensitive information was leaked during the hack, the spokesperson confirmed. No sensitive campaign data is stored on the site.
This follows the recent compromise of Twitter accounts belonging to top world figures, including U.S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and 34 other high-level Twitter accounts. The Florida teen-masterminded hack saw the teen hacker ask users to donate cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, to a masked address to receive double the amount.