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Donald Trump’s Campaign Website Seized by Hackers Running Cryptocurrency Scam

Donald Trump’s campaign website was hijacked by hackers who claimed to have evidence discrediting the president and proving his cooperation with foreign actors to manipulate the November elections.

“we have evidence that completely discredits mr trump as president. proving his criminal involvement and cooperation with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections,” the hackers wrote, in broken English.

On Tuesday, criminals seized and defaced DonaldJTrump.com, posted a message reading “this site was seized” alongside the logos of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice.

Before the website was taken down, visitors were greeted with a message vilifying the president and condemning what it called “fake news” spread by the Trump administration.

“the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded daily by president Donald j trump. It is time to allow the world to know truth,” the message reads.

The hackers went on to say they have compromised multiple devices of Trump’s relatives, revealing classified information proving that the president’s cabinet is involved in the origin of COVID-19.

“multiple devices were compromised that gave full access to trump and relatives. most internal and secret conversations strictly classified information is exposed proving that the trump-gov is involved in the origin of the corona virus,” the attackers added.

The post continued with what seems to be a cryptocurrency scam that urges visitors to decide whether the stolen information should be made public or not.
The hackers included two cryptocurrency wallet links associated with Monero and asked people to “vote.” Whichever link raised the most amount of money will determine their next move.

Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for President Trump’s re-election campaign, has also confirmed the attack, stating that no data has been stolen.

“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. The website has been restored,” Murtaugh tweeted.

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Alina Bizga

Alina has been a part of the Bitdefender family for some years now, as her past role involved interfacing with end users and partners, advocating Bitdefender technologies and solutions. She is a history buff and passionate about cybersecurity and anything sci-fi. Her spare time is usually split between her two feline friends and traveling.