The website devoted to Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has apparently been hacked in what appears to be the latest example of a cryptocurrency-relater cyberattack. Trump is looking to garner four more years as president of the United States in less than a week on November 3 of this year.
Trump Is at the Center of a Crypto-Based Hack
Presently, those involved in his campaign are looking into what happened and examining what might have caused the security breach. They explain that while the site itself was potentially compromised, donors and other individuals that have contributed to the reelection campaign shouldn’t worry about their personal data being exposed given that their information is not stored on the site.
It looks like the hackers fought their way onto the platform and posted a message saying that the world was tired of the fake news “being spread daily” by the President. Another phony message was posted that contained the badges of both the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claiming that the Trump administration was allegedly linked to the “origin of the coronavirus” and that it is interfering directly with the American election process.
Finally, the message claims that those looking for additional information should pay cryptocurrency in exchange for hidden data. A major red flag if there ever was one…
At the time of writing, these statements have been deemed false and there is no evidence backing them up. Those involved in the Trump campaign have stated that they do not know who is behind the attack, but that a thorough investigation is being conducted at press time.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh explained in a statement:
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.
Thus far, both presidential candidates have been the targets of cyberattacks this year. Strangely, these attempts try to work cryptocurrency into the mix. In July of this year, for example, democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was one of many high-profile figures at the center of a Twitter-based cryptocurrency scam.
His account – along with those of former president Barack Obama, Elon Musk and Bill Gates – were all overtaken by a computer hacker that sought to garner cryptocurrency from users.
This Seems to Happen a Lot
The hacker claimed in a phony message that all who donated bitcoin to provided anonymous addresses would see these totals doubled by the figures in question. Instead, the money was flat out stolen, and the hacker clearly had no intention of keeping his word.
The Trump campaign was quick to remove the threat, with the hackers only having control for about half an hour before being removed from the site.