- Trump’s campaign website recently fell victim to another hacking attack, with interesting claims.
- The attackers, posing as the DoJ and FBI, said that Trump was tied to COVID-19 and foreign election interference.
- All they wanted in order to publish or get rid of the information was to receive funds in Monero (XMR).
The last several weeks saw plenty of serious hack attempts on US government networks, as the US presidential elections kept approaching. Numerous hacking campaigns had the US citizens quite concerned about the integrity of the election process, and so far, it appears that hackers are more than willing to search for new ways to manipulate elections.
The latest attempt took place on October 25th, as President Trump held his speech to supporters in Wisconsin.
Reminder: This is a war crime. Trump is casually confessing to war crimes. pic.twitter.com/xDo0GjSp9h
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2020
Trump’s Campaign Website Hacked
While Trump was at a rally in Wisconsin sharing his views with those who gathered to hear what he had to say, his website was saying something completely different.
An unknown gang managed to hack his website, and publish fake banners of the Department of Justice and the FBI. Underneath them, in a lower-case message, it said that Trump’s website was seized due to classified information.
— Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler (@ggreschler) October 27, 2020
The move was meant to serve as proof that Trump and his government were somehow involved in the origin of COVID-19.
Furthermore, hackers posing as government agencies also claimed that they would soon reveal proof of Trump’s ‘criminal involvement’ with foreign actors who have been trying to manipulate the 2020 elections.
Finally, the hackers — still claiming that they were the DoJ and the FBI — made an offer to either expose a ‘massive scandal’ or ‘keep it under wraps’ if funds were sent in the form of a privacy coin, Monero (XMR).
Hackers may have Used Phishing to Conduct the Attack
The coin, known for being difficult to track, has often been used by hackers in various campaigns, particularly when it comes to ransomware and blackmail.
The US President’s campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, said that the incident was under investigation. It is believed that the incident was caused by tricking the site’s administrators into revealing their login credentials, otherwise known as the phishing attack.
As mentioned, a number of other attacks have been targeting networks all over the US, and officials noted that they are mostly coming from Iran and Russia.