The website of the Trump campaign hacked by crypto-criminal scammers. A message posted on the site said that "the world is tired of false news"
President Trump's campaign website was briefly and partially hacked Tuesday afternoon. Unknown persons seized parts of the page, replacing them with what appeared to be a scam to collect crypto-money. Despite the hackers' claims, there was no indication that "full access to Trump and his family" had been obtained or that "most internal and secret conversations of strictly confidential information" had been exposed.
Claiming to have privileged information about the "origin of the Covid-19 virus" and other information discrediting President Trump, the hackers provided two Monero addresses. Monero is a cryptographic currency that is easy to send, but quite difficult to track. That is why it has been associated with unsavory operations like this hacking. One address was intended for people who wanted "strictly confidential information" to be disclosed, the other for those who preferred to keep it secret. After an unspecified deadline, the totals of the crypto-money would be compared and the higher total would determine what was done with the data.
The page was signed with a PGP public key corresponding to an email address in a non-existent domain (planet.gov). The website returned to its original content a few minutes after the fraudulent operation. There is no evidence that anything other than this page was accessed, such as donor data. The campaign's communications director, Tim Murtaugh, confirmed the hacking shortly afterwards, saying there was no exposure of sensitive data and that his team is working with law enforcement.
Getting people to irreversibly send crypto-money to a mysterious address is a common form of online scam, usually based on brief appearances on high-visibility platforms such as celebrity Twitter accounts and the like. This one is no different and was dismantled within minutes. In July, hackers managed to break into numerous Twitter accounts, including those of Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Mike Bloomberg, in another scam aimed at collecting approximately $300,000. The social media platform had to close these accounts for a period of time in order to investigate the source of the cyber-attack. Trump's account was untouched this time. A Florida teenager was accused of being the mastermind of the scam.
Still, it is difficult to say that this is a very consistent attack on the Trump platform. Campaign and other election-related websites are high-value targets for hackers because they are associated with entities like President Trump, but are not as secure as official sites like whitehouse.gov. Although the dictionary used does not appear to be that of an English speaker, there is no other positive evidence that the hacker is of foreign origin.
This is not the first time Trump has been hacked. Recently, his Twitter account was briefly taken over by someone who guessed his password ("maga2020!") but who, fortunately for the president, had no intention of collecting money or making waves in any other way. And of course, Trump's hotels had been hacked before. Trump recently stated, obviously falsely, that "Nobody gets hacked. To get hacked, you have to have an IQ of 197, and he needs about 15% of your password.