WASHINGTON (KSNT) – Hackers hijacked President Donald Trump’s campaign website Tuesday evening, claiming they also gained access to multiple devices belonging to him and his family.
“The world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded daily by President Donald J. Trump,” the hackers wrote. “We have evidence that completely discredits Mr. Trump as a president.”
The hackers encouraged viewers to donate to addresses tied to Monero, a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin. Sending Monero to one address implied a yes vote to releasing the hackers’ advertised information. Donating to the other address was a vote “no.” They also wrote they would give an update on vote results with a “key” at the bottom of the seized website page.
Google recorded a spike in interest in “trump hack” on its search engine as the president’s campaign website was taken over.
At 6:30 p.m., the website was shut down. A simple message read “This site is currently offline.”
The website returned to normal campaign messages at 6:35 p.m. It looked like this Wednesday morning:
A spokesman for the Trump campaign told NBC News “the website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack.”