Who hacked Trump's website? All about 'classified' files on POTUS's alleged attempt to manipulate 2020 election
Trump's official campaign website went offline for a while after hackers allegedly claimed that 'multiple devices were compromised that gave full access to Trump and relatives'
On Tuesday, October 27, the official campaign website for President Donald Trump went offline for a short while due to alleged hacking. As reported by Business Insider, the alleged hackers posted, “The world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded daily by president donald j trump. It is time to allow the world to know truth.” There were claims that "multiple devices were compromised that gave full access to trump and relatives”.
The hackers claimed to have access to "classified information" showing that the Trump administration was allegedly involved in the “origin of the coronavirus” and that POTUS had allegedly conspired with foreign actors to manipulate the 2020 elections, Business Insider reported. However, there was no evidence to show that the supposed hackers had accessed to such information.
Also posted were two cryptocurrency wallet addresses, which could be a part of a potential scam, asking visitors of the site to "vote" for whether the alleged harmful information should or shouldn't be released by sending money to one of the two wallets.
Tech Crunch reported that one address was for people who wanted the “strictly classified information” released, the other was for those who would prefer to keep it a secret. The crypotcurrency totals would be counted after an unspecified deadline and the highest total would determine the result. The page was signed with a PGP public key corresponding to an email address at a non-existent domain (planet.gov), according to Tech Crunch.
However, the official campaign website was restored after a few minutes. There is no evidence to suggest that any sensitive data such as donator information was accessed, but it can only be confirmed once the site administrators investigate the matter. As per Tech Crunch, getting people to irreversibly send cryptocurrency to a mysterious address is a common form of online scam. These usually depend on short appearances on high visibility platforms such as celebrity Twitter accounts. Tech Crunch noted that this one was no different.
The report said that campaign and other election-related websites are high-value targets for hackers because they are associated with entities such as Trump, however, they are not as secure as official sites like whitehouse.gov. Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director, released a statement on the restored website and said, "Earlier this evening, 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. The website has been restored."
People on Twitter were also talking about the alleged hack. One said, "Trump Campaign website hacked, defaced by someone who is sick of the 'fake news spreaded daily' by the president. 1) Does not exactly inspire confidence in their cybersecurity measures. 2) Now could this 'someone' try for trump’s tax returns? Please and thanks.” A user tweeted, "Somebody please tell me what is going on with Trump's official website being hacked?? It's all over the news in the UK!!” One stated, “#askthebreakdown What are your predictions for other dumpster fire level hijinks in the last week of the election and did you have Trump’s website gets hacked on your 2020 bingo card?”
Trump Campaign website hacked, defaced by someone who is sick of the "fake news spreaded daily" by the president.— VOTE EARLY CHECK RULES FOR MAIL/ABSENTEE BALLOTS (@MaggieJordanACN) October 28, 2020
1) Does not exactly inspire confidence in their cybersecurity measures.
2) Now could this “someone” try for trump’s tax returns? Please and thanks👍 pic.twitter.com/z9QjjY6yFA
Somebody please tell me what is going on with Trump's official website being hacked?? It's all over the news in the UK!!— festivelady826 (@festivelady826) October 28, 2020
#askthebreakdown What are your predictions for other dumpster fire level hijinks in the last week of the election and did you have Trump’s website gets hacked on your 2020 bingo card?— Jennifer (@jenlind70) October 28, 2020
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