Donald Trump’s campaign website had to be taken offline after it was hacked and defaced, his team has confirmed.
The events page of donaldjtrump.com showed a message placed there by hackers explaining it had been “seized” before it went offline entirely.
Hackers made a series of sinister claims in the message, including that he had had “manipulated the upcoming US election”
Appearing alongside crests of the FBI and Department of Justice, the message read: “This site was seized.”
It went on: “The world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded (sic) daily by President Donald J Trump.
“It is time to allow the world to know the truth.”
It also claimed “multiple devices” had been compromised to allowing hackers access to data from “Trump and relatives.”
It also alleged “internal and secret conversations strictly classified information” proved the Trump administration had been involved in the “origin” of the coronavirus.
“Strictly classified information is exposed proving that the Trump gov is involved in the origin of the coronavirus,” the post read.
And it claims: “We have evidence that completely discredits Mr Trump as a President, proving his criminal involvement and coorperation (sic) with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections. The US citizens have no choice.
The post continued: “Today is the day – the whole world can decide if they want to known the truth or not.”
Trump’s Director of Communications for his 2020 re-election campaign confirmed the site had been hacked.
He said: “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.”
The hacker failed top provide evidence for the claims but included a pair of account numbers for a cryptocurrency, Monero.
They said the public could vote by donating cash to one account if they wanted the information release, or the other if they did not.
The message said: “After the deadline we will compare the funds and execute the will of the world,’ the post read. ‘in both cases we will inform you.”
The hackers then included a link to two cryptocurrency wallets, associated with Monero, a ‘private, secure, and untraceable digital’ cryptocurrency.
They asked viewers of the page to make a donation to either one of the pages to ‘vote’ on whether the hackers should either share the data they have on Trump.
They said whichever of the links raises the most money will determine their next step.
The post read: “After the deadline we will compare the funds and execute the will of the world,’ the post read. ‘in both cases we will inform you.”
The page included an encryption key corresponding to an email address at a the non-existent domain, ‘planet.gov’.
Requesting someone to irreversibly send cryptocurrency to a mysterious address is a common online scam.