Trump’s Campaign Website Defaced by Crypto Scammers
Crypto scammers and hackers are still in play and with the U.S. presidential elections drawing closer, it appears that their next aim is the leader of the free world. Earlier this week, the website dedicated to the re-election campaign of Donald Trump was sabotaged by hackers, when they asked users to donate crypto in a move to expose the current U.S. President. According to sources, the website was compromised on Tuesday afternoon and showed a fake FBI logo. There were also comments, which proclaimed that the site had been ‘seized’ by hackers. The sitting President was blamed by the hackers for misinformation.
The hackers also said that they had gained access to Donald Trump’s private communications, so they were in possession of evidence of wrongdoing from his cabinet members and family. The hackers didn’t provide any proof of these statements but also went on to claim that the President Trump was also involved in the coronavirus outbreak. They also alleged that the sitting President had conspired with foreign elements for interfering in the elections scheduled for next week.
Before they released the information, they asked the users to transfer Monero into their account. They showed two wallet addresses; one that represented ‘Yes’ and the other represented ‘No’. The hackers informed interested parties to donate to the wallet of their preference.
The communication’s director of Trump’s re-election campaign, Tim Murtaugh gave confirmation of the hack. He reassured the public in a tweet that no sensitive data had been compromised and added that the campaign was trying to find the origins of the attack by cooperating with law enforcement. Even though the current President is guilty of spreading misinformation and may not have done his best to handle the coronavirus, it is highly unlikely that he played any role in the origins of this global pandemic.
The terrible wordings of the message posted by the criminals was another hallmark of their nature. There were a number of punctuation errors, grammatical inaccuracies and more, which is like a smoking gun. Other than terrible messaging, the hackers were aware of what asset to use. This year, there has been a surge in Monero’s criminal applications and a number of hackers are using it due to its privacy features. CoinMarketCap provided data showing that Monero is regarded as the most valuable privacy coin. Nonetheless, Trump is not the only prominent politician to have been attacked by cybercriminals this year.
Joe Biden, the former Vice president and the Democratic presidential candidate, had also been affected in the Twitter impersonator scam that had occurred back in July. Back then, hackers had compromised a number of Twitter accounts and had urged the public to send Bitcoin to a specific wallet address. While Twitter took action quickly and removed the tweets, the hackers had still managed to walk away with $100,000. Former President Barrack Obama had also been targeted in the previous scam. After it occurred, Twitter made a commitment to boosting its security infrastructure in order to prevent it from reoccurring.