Hackers, who were probably Democrat supporters, got the better of US President Donald Trump’s campaign website for a few minutes — a week before the upcoming US election where Trump is racing against the Democratic candidate and former Vice-President Joe Biden.
On 26 October, the events tab of the website ‘Donaldjtrump.com’, read that the world has “had enough” of the “fake news” spread by President Trump — a term very commonly used by Trump for the media houses that oppose him.
The hackers, still incognito, claimed to have dirt on the president. They did not offer any proof or evidence but posted a cryptocurrency account on the campaign website, asking people to transfer funds in if they want to see the secrets being revealed.
They took a hit at the FBI by posting seals of the FBI and Department of Justice above the message, mocking them as these seals are posted on the FBI website over the messages the FBI posts about as a part of their criminal investigation.
The website, later, went offline for a brief period when the social media went abuzz with the news of defacement of Trump’s campaign website by unknown hackers.
“Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack. There was no exposure to sensitive data because none of it is actually stored on the site. The website has been restored,” campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.
The CISA Director Chris Krebs took to Twitter to issue statement biut the defacement saying, “Like I said yesterday, website defacements are noise. Don’t fall for these attempts designed to distract, sensationalize, and confuse. Ultimately they’re trying to undermine your confidence in our voting process.”
Meanwhile, President Trump was seen campaigning with a mask-less crowd and almost zero social distancing in an open-air space in Michigan and Wisconsin. “I’ve got to say I’m working my ass off here!,” he told a massive crowd of supporters wearing ‘MAGA’caps. Biden, on the other hand, held a ‘drive-in’rally in georgia with Barack Obama by his side and masked supporters chanting “Dump Trump”.
Authorities are investigating the hacking. The Trump administration has not commented on the defacement of their campaign website as of now.