The campaign website of US president – Donald J. Trump was briefly hacked on Tuesday by unknown hackers.
The perpetrator of the hack took over part of the website, and posted a message carrying the seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigations – FBI, and the department of Justice.
Nytimes reports that the incident came as Mr. Trump, his opponent – Joseph Biden Jr., law enforcement, and intelligence agencies, have been on high alert for digital interference ahead of next week’s election.
According to reports, the defacement lasted less than 30 minutes, and carries the message:
“This site was seized,” claiming to be a message from the FBI.
The message further reads that:
“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 truth.”
The hackers also added a column to the message where they claimed (without proof) that they have gained access to Mr Trump’s private communications, which contains evidence of wrongdoing.
The hackers claimed they have information about the “origin of the corona virus”, among other information that could discredit Donald Trump.
Thereafter, two Monero cryptocurrency addresses were provided for visitors to send money to, allowing them to vote on whether the hackers should release the incriminating evidence or not.
One of the Monero addresses was for people that are interested in leaking the information the hackers claimed to have, and the other for people who do not want the information out.
After an unspecified amount of time, the group would then weigh the amount in both cryptocurrency wallets, and the result would determine whether to release the “classified documents“, or keep it secure.
Shortly after the hack was detected, the page was restored to its original content. According to a report by TechCrunch, there is no evidence that anything other than the one page was accessed.
This is not the first time Mr Trump’s online platforms have been hacked. Recently, his Twitter account was hijacked by someone who guessed his password (“maga2020!”).