The US President Donald Trump’s campaign website was hacked for 30 minutes as attackers asked for monero in donations. The hackers used their 30 minutes of fame to post a notice stating, “this site was seized” and “the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded daily by president Donald j trump,” complete with replica seals from the Department of Justice and FBI. The attackers claimed that they had gained access to compromised devices, which revealed “strictly classified information proving that the trump-gov is involved in the origin of the coronavirus.
Trump's Campaign website hacked/defaced by someone who is sick of the "fake news spreaded daily" by the president. pic.twitter.com/035neUv7kc
— Nicole Perlroth (@nicoleperlroth) October 27, 2020
“No sensitive data was taken from the website.”
The hacker also asked readers to vote on whether that data should be shared by sending Monero, a privacy coin often used by hackers, to a “yes” or “no” address. Hackers further stated, “after the deadline, we will compare the funds and execute the will of the world. In both cases, we will inform you.” However, a Trump campaign spokesperson denied that any sensitive data had been taken from the website, which is now back to normal.
Crypto scams rise this year amid the pandemic.
Cryptocurrency-related scams have significantly increased this year amid the ongoing global pandemic. Several countries reported a higher number of scams related to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Authorities in many countries issued warnings about the rise in crypto scams. Crypto regulations in most countries are still in a grey area as scammers continue to fraud people of their hard-earned money.
Earlier, Twitter accounts of several famous people were hacked in an apparent cryptocurrency scam, where hackers solicited bitcoin from compromised accounts. Crypto scams that have become quite frequent include ransomware attacks, Ponzi schemes, and fake ICOs.