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Trump's marketing campaign web site is hacked by cryptocurrency scammers

President Trump's campaign website was briefly and partially hacked on Tuesday afternoon when unknown opponents took over the "About" page and replaced it with what appears to be a cryptocurrency collecting scam. Despite the hackers' claims, there is no evidence that "full access to Trump and relatives" has been obtained or that "most internal and classified conversations of strictly classified information" have been exposed.

The hack apparently took place shortly after 4 p.m. Pacific time. The perpetrators likely got access to donaldjtrump.com's web server backend and replaced the "About" page with a long stretch of disguised Javascript that parody the FBI message "This website has been seized".

"The world has had enough of the fake news that President Donald J. Trump is spreading every day," the new website said. "It is time to allow the world to know the truth."

The hackers claimed to have inside information about the "origin of the coronavirus" and other information that discredited Trump and gave two Monero addresses. Monero is a cryptocurrency that is easy to send but difficult to track. Because of this, it is associated with unsavory operations like this hack.

One address was for those who wanted to publish the "top secret information" and the other for those who would prefer to keep it secret. After an unspecified period of time, the cryptocurrency sums would be compared and the higher sum would determine what was done with the data.

The page was signed with a public PGP key that corresponds to an email address in a non-existent domain (planet.gov).

The website was reverted to its original content within minutes of the hack. There is no evidence that sensitive data such as donor information has been accessed. However, until the site administrators thoroughly investigate the event, this is a remote possibility.

Trying to get people to irreversibly send cryptocurrency to a mysterious address is a common form of online scam, usually relying on brief appearances on platforms with high visibility such as celebrity Twitter accounts and the like. This one is no different and was removed within minutes.

There is no indication that this attack was in any way government sponsored, and while it sets a partisan tone, it can hardly be said that this is a very coherent attack against the Trump platform. Campaign and other election-related websites are high quality targets for hackers because they are associated with companies like Trump but are not as secure as official websites like whitehouse.gov. Although the diction does not appear to be that of a native English speaker, there is no other positive evidence that the hack is of foreign origin.

This isn't the first time Trump has been hacked recently. His Twitter account was briefly taken over by someone who had guessed his password (“maga2020!”), But luckily for the President, he had no intention of collecting DMs or any other way to rock the boat. And of course, Trump's hotels have been hacked before.

Trump recently falsely stated that “nobody is hacked. To be hacked, you need someone with 197 IQ and they need about 15 percent of your password. "

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