According to an Oct. 28 article on TechCrunch, the official website of US President Donald Trump has been hacked by an apparent cryptocurrency scam.
The attack, which lasted less than 30 minutes, saw the website defaced with messages claiming the hackers had compromising information on Trump and his relatives.
As reported by The New York Times, the hackers were soliciting donations in the Monero cryptocurrency due to its privacy-enhancing properties that make it hard to trace.
Hackers managed to replace donaldjtrump.com’s usual campaign rhetoric and request for donations with a spoof of the FBI’s “This site has been seized” message.
The unknown attackers claimed to have obtained “strictly classified information” and encouraged people to essentially vote on whether they wanted the data released, using payments to two Monero wallets.
The hackers also accused the Trump government of criminal acts, cooperation with foreign actors manipulating the upcoming presidential election and even an involvement in the “origin of the coronavirus”.
The source of the attack is unclear, but an investigation is currently underway by U.S. law enforcement. The campaign team said there was “no exposure to sensitive data because none of it is actually stored on the site”. The website has now been restored.
The upcoming US election has provided fertile ground for cybercriminals, and the cryptocurrency world is eagerly watching the U.S. presidential election race.