Donald Trump’s website briefly defaced by cryptocurrency scammers

Did hacker have IQ of 197 and guess 15% of Trump’s password?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Donald Trump’s official presidential re-election campaign website was briefly defaced by hackers last night.

Visitors to the website donaldjtrump.com were not greeted with the normal calls for campaign contributions or offers of Trump-related merchandise, but instead a message which parodied the look of those typically used when the FBI seizes control of servers operated by cybercriminals.

this site was seized

the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded daily by president donald j trump.

it is time to allow the world to know the truth.

multiple devices were compromised that gave full access to trump and relatives. most internal and secret conversations strictly classified information is exposed proving that trump-gov is involved in the origin of the corona virus. we have evidence that completely discredits mr trump as a president, proving his criminal involvement and coorperation with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections. the US citizens have no choice

today is the day – the whole world can decide if they want to know that truth or not.

YES, SHARE THE DATA:
<monero wallet address>

NO, DO NOT SHARE THE DATA:
<monero wallet address>

after the deadline we will compare the funds and execute the will of the world. In both cases we will inform you. you can identify our key.

<PGP key>

The website was cleaned-up about half-an-hour later, and according to a tweet from the re-election campaign’s director of communications no sensitive data was exposed by the security breach.

Nonetheless, clearly somebody didn’t have adequate security in place to prevent the hackers from making the unauthorised change to the website. The chances of the hackers making any money from their ambitious scam was perhaps remote, but they might have just as easily have planted malicious code onto the website without drawing attention to themselves.

Those administering the donaldjtrump.com website might count their blessings that the attack did not have more malicious intent.

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Law enforcement agencies have been informed of the incident, and are – no doubt – looking for a hacker sitting in their bedroom, weighing 400lb.

Earlier this month, Donald Trump informed his fans at a rally that “Nobody gets hacked. To get hacked you need somebody with 197 IQ and he needs about 15 percent of your password.”

Which is, of course, b0110ck5.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

One comment on “Donald Trump’s website briefly defaced by cryptocurrency scammers”

  1. I think Jered and rudy should be ready for a lot of legal fights to try and make sure they do not spend the rest of there lives in prison for trying to usurp our democracy. Jered has done everything possible to leave the us open to cyber attacks. we do not know to what extent this criminal has destroyed the national security of the united states. the FBI had determine this man should not even be in the white house let lone have access to our most intimate secrets.we do not know what he has sold,let lone to whom he sold it.the

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