(RoyalPatriot.com)- The website for President Donald Trump was hacked Tuesday night.
For a short period of time, the site was taken over and defaced, before ultimately being taken down, fixed and re-launched.
A message on the upcoming events page on the site, DonaldJTrump.com, saying the world “had enough” of the “fake news” spread by the president. The hackers placed the seals of both the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations at the top of the message. This is similar to what the FBI does when it takes over a website during a criminal investigation.
The hackers posted a message claiming to have dirt on the president. They also published an account where people could transfer cryptocurrency funds if they wanted the hackers to release the information publicly.
There is no evidence these people actually have dirt on Trump. It’s very possible it was a scam seeing if people would send them money.
In a statement, Tim Murtaugh, the Trump re-election campaign communications director, 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.”
By later on Tuesday evening, Trump’s website was back up and operational as normal.
Later on Tuesday, Chris Krebs, the director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, tweeted:
“Like I said yesterday, website defacements are noise. Don’t fall for these attempts designed to distract, sensationalize, and confuse. Ultimately they’re trying to undermine your confidence in our voting process.”
The full message that was posted on the president’s site by the hackers, under the headline, “This site was seized,” read:
“the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded (sic) daily by president donald j. trump. It is time to allow the world to know truth.
“multiple devices were compromised that gave full access to trump and relatives. most internal and secret conversations strictly classified information is exposed providing that the trump-gov is involved in the origin of the corona virus (sic).
“we have evidence that completely discredits mr trump as a president. proving his criminal involvement and cooperation with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections. the US citizens have no choice.”
Under this message, written in mostly lowercase letters and broken English, the hackers asked people to deposit money in one of two Monero cryptocurrency accounts. One account was labeled “Yes, share the data,” while the other was labeled “No, do not shared the data.”
Hackers often use Monero cryptocurrency accounts in their efforts because they are difficult to track, according to security experts. Scammers often use it to try to convince people to send them money, which is then unrecoverable when sent. Monero allows people to conceal their identities pretty successfully.
The accounts are often also used for illicit markets on the Dark Web as well as some ransomware attacks.