President Donald Trump’s campaign website appeared to briefly fall victim to hackers on Tuesday night.
“This site was seized,” read a message that was posted on a page at donaldjtrump.com.
The “world has had enough of the fake news spreaded daily” by the president, the message continued.
The hacker claimed to have information that “discredits” the president and his family, and demanded cryptocurrency to either release or withhold the information.
The site then appeared to go offline soon after and was restored a short time later.
A spokesman for the Trump campaign, Tim Murtaugh, said the “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.”
Trump's Campaign website hacked/defaced by someone who is sick of the "fake news spreaded daily" by the president. pic.twitter.com/035neUv7kc
— Nicole Perlroth (@nicoleperlroth) October 27, 2020
“The website was reverted to its original content within a few minutes of the hack taking place. There is no evidence to suggest that any sensitive data, such as donator information, was accessed, but until the site administrators investigate the event thoroughly it is a remote possibility,” TechCrunch explained. “There is no indication that this attack was in any way state-sponsored, and while it strikes a partisan tone one can hardly say that this is a very coherent attack against the Trump platform. Campaign and other elections-related websites are high value targets for hackers because they are associated with entities like Trump but are not as secure as official sites like whitehouse.gov. Though the diction seems not to be that of a native English speaker, there is no other positive evidence that the hack is of foreign origin.”