Hackers have attacked the campaign website of President Donald Trump to temporarily promote a scam that tries to get donations in the privacy centered Monero (XMR). It is also unclear if the contributions were made.
Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler first spotted the attack. It comes as both Trump’s campaign and that of his opponent, Joseph Biden. They are both on high alert for digital interference ahead of the Presidential election next month.
A spokesman for the Trump campaign, Tim Murtaugh, has confirmed that the website was vandalized and added that the movement is “working with law enforcement authorities” to scrutinize the attack’s source.
He also noted that no sensitive data was exposed “because none of it is actually stored on the site.” The website has now been restored. The destruction saw the hackers claim to have bargained “multiple devices” and gave them access to the “most internal and secret conversation” of the U.S. president.
Although without proof, they also claimed that this access had included classified information that tied the Trump administration to the origins of the coronavirus and the cooperation with “foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections.”
Then, they asked for Monero donations from the website visitors to one of the two funds – one asks to share the data, and another asks not to share at all – as a “vote.” It is also added that “after the deadline,” the funds will be compared, and then the “will of the world” will be executed. It is important to note that no deadline has been specified.
The hackers have posted an encryption key that can be later used to verify whatever information they have posted was from a similar group that attacked the website. The key corresponds to an email address on a non-existent webpage.
Cybersecurity experts also claimed that the incident would have been caused by a phishing scheme that has tricked a website administrator into handing over the sensitive credentials or directing the campaign website to the hackers’ server.