Trump's web site has been mangled with claims that the Trump administrator created the coronavirus
Enlarge /. President Trump's campaign website during its brief defacing.
President Trump's website was briefly tarnished last night by hackers who set up a cryptocurrency fraud claiming that Trump was "criminally" involved in election rigging and that his administration was involved in creating the coronavirus.
Donaldjtrump.com is now back to normal, looking for donations and urging Trump supporters to register to vote. The disfigurement is said to have lasted less than 30 minutes on Tuesday evening. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh issued a statement saying the campaign was "working with law enforcement to investigate the source of the attack. There was no exposure to sensitive data as none of it was actually on the." Website is saved. The website has been restored. "
The website had Justice Department and FBI logos during its defacement over a typo-filled message that said:
This site has been confiscated
The world has had enough of the fake news spread daily by President Donald J. Trump
It is time to allow the world to know the truth.
Several devices were compromised, giving Trump and relatives unrestricted access. Most of the internal and secret discussions with top secret information show that the Trump administration was involved in the creation of the corona virus.
We have evidence that Mr Trump is completely discredited as President. Proof of his criminal involvement and cooperation with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections. US citizens have no choice
The message then asked people to vote, in a sense, by giving money in the form of Monero, a cryptocurrency that is billed as a more private alternative to Bitcoin with "transactions (that are) confidential and not traceable". The Trump website defacement stated that people can vote "yes, share data" by giving to a Monero address or "no, don't share data" by giving to another.
"Today is the day – the whole world can decide whether it wants to know this truth or not. After the deadline we will compare the means and carry out the will of the world," says the message.
Journalist Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler took screenshots and videos of the website while it was being defaced and shared them on Twitter:
The campaign website for. @ realDonaldTrump has been hacked. Look for an article on climate change and that's what comes up: pic.twitter.com/Kjc2ELSdAV
– Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler (@ggreschler) October 27, 2020
"Although the defacement appeared to be part of a common cryptocurrency scam to trick people into irreversibly donating money online, the incident became even more pressing a week before the election," wrote the New York Times. "Cybersecurity experts said the incident may have been caused by a website administrator being tricked into giving their credentials in what is known as a phishing attack, or because the campaign website was redirected to the hacker's own server "Intelligence agencies have closely monitored the hacking groups, including Iranian and Russian-backed teams that have attempted to break into election-related systems and have been involved in influence operations in the past few weeks."