Hackers seize Trump's campaign website, threaten to spill secrets

Hackers seize Trump's campaign website, threaten to spill secrets

- Cryptocurrency scammers hacked Trump's campaign website and claimed to have access to top secrets about the president

- They claimed to have information linking Trump to the origin of the coronavirus, working with US enemies and manipulating 2020 polls

- The hackers asked people to send money to two different accounts; those who wanted the information spilt and those who did not, and the winning team would have their way

- Normal operations of the website were restored and investigations are underway to track the scammers

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US President Donald Trump's campaign website was on Tuesday, October 27, infiltrated by hackers who claimed they had acquired sensitive information about Trump and his relatives.

The hackers, who for about 30 minutes managed to run a message stating that "The world has had enough of fake news spread by Trump", also said they had evidence linking the head of state to the origin of Covid-19.

Hackers seize Donald Trump's campaign website, threaten to spill secrets about US president

President Donald Trump. Photo: Donald Trump.
Source: Facebook

For the world to know about the information, they shared a cryptocurrency account where they directed people to send funds to.

They also shared another address where those who were against sharing of Trump's "most internal and secret conversations" could send their funds to.

"After the deadline, we will compare the funds then execute the will of the people. In both cases, we will inform you. You can identify our key."

This is the message from the cryptocurrency scammers who claimed Trump had interfered with the polls and was involved in criminal dealings . Above the message, the scammers used the logos of the FBI and US Department of Justice.

The website was later restored and Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh dismissed claims hackers accessed sensitive information. Murtaugh, however, revealed that an investigation was afoot to crack down on the hackers.

The security breach comes a week ahead of the November 3 presidential election when Donald Trump is expected to face off with his close contender Joe Biden.

In a separate story, it was reported that cryptocurrency scammers had infiltrated Twitter accounts of influential and powerful people in the US. They used the platforms to extort cryptocurrency donations.

Those affected include ex-president Barack Obama, business magnate Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Apple, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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