Hackers breach Trump campaign website, threaten to release 'evidence' of crimes

Clay Curtis
October 28, 2020

President Trump's campaign says its website was "defaced" on Tuesday evening.

The hackers complained of the President's tendency to spread fake news and asked visitors to send cryptocurrency to one of two anonymous addresses. The culprits likely gained access to the donaldjtrump.com web server backend and inserted a long stretch of obfuscated JavaScript producing a parody of the Federal Bureau of Investigation "this site has been seized" message, which appeared over the normal content, reported TechCrunch.

The entire Trump site appeared to go offline briefly for a few minutes after the message began spreading on social media.

The campaign said that there were no leaks of important information as a result of the hack.

The hackers also claimed to have dirt on Trump and posted details of a cryptocurrency account people could transfer funds to if they wanted to see the information released publicly. "The website has been restored", campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement, reports CNN.

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"There was no exposure to sensitive date because no of it is actually stored on the site".

The post said the hackers had information showing that the administration was complicit in the coronavirus, and that the president was involved with foreign efforts to interfere in the election.

Back in 2016, Democrats accused Russian Federation of hacking the DNC emails as well as the private email account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta, which were released by WikiLeaks ahead of the election.

Last Monday, DNI John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Chris Wray accused Iran of sending fake emails posing as "Proud Boys" and threatening Democrats in Alaska and Florida, and said Tehran had accessed some USA voter information.

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