Hackers are asking Monero (XMR) not to reveal compromising information about U.S. President Trump after hacking his campaign website.
The unknown hacker group reportedly compromised a website for President Donald Trump’s campaign earlier today and would be asking for Monero on its main page. The attack appeared as a cryptocurrency scheme, in which the perpetrators requested payments transferred via Monero. Thirty minutes after the hack, the president’s team updated that it had regained control and no sensitive information was exposed.
President Trump campaign website hacked
According to the Forbes report, the About page on the website called donaldjtrump.com displayed suspicious text hours ago. With several typos, he said that “this site has been hacked, the world is sick of fake news spread daily by President Donald J. Trump.”
The invaders further explained that they have access to information that proves that the President of the United States and his team were involved and even led several massive conspiracies. First, they blamed the “trump-gov” for the origin of the coronavirus.
The accusations don’t stop there. The hackers said the Trump administration has been cooperating with foreign parties to manipulate the upcoming 2020 elections.
They insisted that the evidence to support the charges came after compromising the website and gathering the necessary information.
As the screenshot above shows, attackers asked site visitors if they wanted to receive this evidence. In fact, the final decision was up to them, visitors could use the Monero privacy currency to vote.
They had the opportunity to send XMR to two addresses – the first saying “yes, share the data”, while the second – “no, do not share the data”.
After an undisclosed deadline, the attackers promised to “compare the funds and carry out the will of the world. In both cases, we will inform you. “
It is not yet known who was behind the attack. However, it is important to note that the infamous hacker group REvil recently announced that it has switched from Bitcoin to Monero as its primary payment method.
No real data exposed
Despite hackers’ claims that they accessed confidential and compromising information from the site, a White House spokesman refuted his claims.
“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 confidential data because none of it is actually stored on the website. ”- commented the director of communications for Trump, Tim Murtaugh.