United States President, Donald Trump’s campaign website was briefly compromised earlier on Tuesday, as hackers looked to fleece cryptocurrency from unsuspecting supporters within the final days prior to the 2020 election.
The attack, which lasted for less than an hour, saw the web site defaced with messages claiming the hackers had compromising information on Trump and his family.
In line with a recent report by The New York Times, the hackers were soliciting donations within the monero cryptocurrency due to privacy-enhancing properties that make it hard to trace.
The cybercriminals added that they had compromised “multiple devices” giving them access to the “most internal and secret conversations” of the president and his clique.
Onlookers got a choice: they might either donate Monero to a wallet that prompted the hackers to “share the data” or another wallet asking them to stay it private.
Trump’s administration was accused without evidence of participating in the spread of coronavirus and collaborating with “foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections.”
The NY Times also reported the web site takeover and subsequent solicitation of crypto donations seemed to be a variation on the common crypto “giveaway” scam.
Such scams ask people to send money to a specific address with the false promise of doubling or returning a victim’s funds.
Similar attacks hit major accounts on Twitter back in July, including that of Joe Biden.
The source of the attack is unclear, but an investigation is currently underway by U.S. enforcement. The incident comes as the United States presidential election campaign between incumbent Donald Trump and former vice-chairman Joe Biden enters its last week.
Biden is way far above Trump when it involves donations, consistent with another NYT article.