A few days before the US presidential elections, Donald Trump suffered a crypto hacking on his electoral campaign website. Crypto scammers attacked and briefly managed to access one of Donald Trump’s re-election campaign web pages. According to an article published by TechCrunch.
The hackers succeeded in replacing the usual donaldjtrump.com campaign rhetoric and donation request with a parody of the FBI’s “This site has been seized” message.
Later, in a statement posted on Twitter, Trump’s campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh confirmed the disfigurement.
He said that “there was no exposure to confidential data because none of it is actually stored on the site” and that the organization was “working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack.”
“Confidential Information of Donald Trump”
After Donald Trump suffered crypto hacking on the web, it was known that the attack lasted about half an hour. And, it featured messages claiming the hackers had compromising information about Trump and his family along with a cryptocurrency request.
The notice posted on the faulty English site claimed to have evidence that the Trump administration was involved in the origins of the coronavirus. And that the president has been involved with “foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections.”
Cryptocurrencies in exchange for confidential information
The attacker’s tactic was to encourage site visitors to vote on whether or not they should disclose Trump’s compromising information. Sending funds to one of the two Monero wallets.
A wallet was in favor of disclosing the information. The other in favor of keeping it classified. With the idea that at a specific time the balances would be compared and the corresponding measures would be taken for whatever was greater. It should be noted that no information was released after the incident.
The notice referred to a “deadline date” after which the amount of funds in the two directions would be compared, but does not provide information on when the deadline is.
It’s unclear if the hack was a state-sponsored effort or a desperate attempt by actors looking for quick money. But the grammar in the message points to hackers whose first language is not English.
This is not the only cryptocurrency scam to hit one of the contenders in this year’s election. In July, Joe Biden’s Twitter account was among the victims of a bitcoin scam in which numerous high-profile accounts were hacked.
Trump: “No one was hacked”
Now, Trump recently claimed that “no one was hacked.” Trump’s comments sparked mixed feelings in the cybersecurity industry: confusion, amusement, outrage, and fear of the harm they could cause.
This is not the first time that Trump has been hacked recently. His Twitter account was briefly taken over by someone who guessed his password (“maga2020!”) But, luckily for the president, he was unwilling to collect direct messages or rock the boat. And of course, Trump’s hotels were hacked before, too.
The crypto world is enthusiastically watching the US presidential race and wondering how the results could potentially affect the price of Bitcoin and the rest of the cryptocurrencies.