The campaign website of US President Donald Trump has been partially hacked by cryptocurrency scammers. The website was disfigured by the hackers and the trouble lasted for almost 30 minutes. The first person to spot the hacked website was a Twitter user Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler, who posted screenshots of Trump’s hacked website.
However the website reverted back to normal shortly, but it is still unclear as to how the hackers got access to the website.
The grammar in the message points to the fact that hackers are the ones whose first language isn’t English.
The message is linked to two Monero cryptocurrency addresses. One of the addresses was likely planned for those who wanted the classified information released and the other was a message for those who preferred to keep it secret. The messages prompted users to deposit money corresponding to their desired outcome. After a particular deadline which has not been specified the totals of all the cryptocurrency will be compared and the higher total will determine what was done with the data.
The scammers claimed that they have access to information that proves “the Trump government is involved in the origin of the Coronavirus” and that the Trump government is liaising with foreign actors to manipulate the US election.
There is no clear evidence to suggest that anything other than just one page was accessed and there is no evidence the hackers actually retrieved any classified or sensitive information. It’s also unclear that the hack was a state-sponsored effort or just a desperate attempt by actors looking for quick money.
Trump’s Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh said, “The website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the attack source. The website has been restored.” He further added, “There was no exposure to any sensitive data as none of it is stored on the site.”
Getting people to irretrievably send cryptocurrency to a mysterious address is a common form of scam online, usually relying on brief appearances on high visibility platforms like celebrity Twitter accounts.
This is not the first time Trump’s digital platform has been hacked recently. Just recently his Twitter account was briefly taken over by a Dutch security researcher claimed to have accessed Trump’s Twitter account guessed his password (“maga2020!”). He asserted that the account was not protected by the two-way authentication, which gave him access to his account. Gever sent a message to US-CERT cyber-security unit to inform them about the lapse. And Trump’s hotels were hacked before as well.
Trump recently stated, mistakenly it seems, that “Nobody gets hacked. To get hacked you need somebody with 197 IQ and he needs about 15% of your password.”