President Donald Trump’s campaign website was hacked and defaced on Tuesday, Oct. 27, announced Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump 2020 campaign.
“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,” Murtaugh said in a statement.
The Daily Caller reported that the hackers threatened full access to Trump and his family, further asserting that the president was spreading “false news.”
Because the attacked website does not store data, the hackers were ultimately unable to steal any information, according to the statement shared via email with journalists shortly after the cyberattack.
Through defamatory information, the hackers also accused the Trump administration of being involved in the creation of the coronavirus.
In the message manipulated by the hackers were two addresses of cryptocurrencies that use the ultra private Monero block chain with a text that told people to send Monero if they wanted “full access to trump and relatives,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Monero is one of the most important cryptocurrency block chains in existence whose focus is on privacy, hiding transactions between individuals, marks a shift from the hackers of the past who have relied on bitcoin, according to the Washington Examiner.
The cyberattack on President Trump’s campaign website took place just a few days before the election, while details continue to come out about sensitive reports that compromise the family of Democratic candidate Joe Biden with shady deals abroad.
So far, attacks on platform accounts related to the president and his campaign information are constant, especially on Twitter, with the censure of President Trump and some other White House officials.
In a video recently posted on his YouTube account, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) referred to the technology giants of Twitter and Facebook as the “Silicon Valley oligarchs.”
Cruz said in the video that “Big Tech billionaires don’t get to censor political speech and actively interfere in the election,” adding that their censorship “has no precedent in the history of democracy.”
Facebook and Twitter CEOs Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, respectively, are expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 17.