Hackers broke into the website of the election campaign of US President Donald Trump and arranged a vote on the publication of” compromising material ” using XMR. At the moment, the site has been restored.
The attackers managed to publish it on the main page of the site donaldjtrump.com a report that they had gained access to the devices of Trump himself and his relatives. Hackers said they found classified materials and recordings of secret conversations, indicating that Trump and his administration were involved in the emergence of the coronavirus. The hackers also accused Trump of criminal activity, falsifying news spread around the world, and collaborating with foreign agents to manipulate the upcoming election.
On the page of the hacked site, hackers proposed to hold a general vote on the disclosure of the discovered confidential data, publishing two addresses for the transfer of the anonymous cryptocurrency Monero (XMR). Those who want to make this data public were asked to transfer XMR to one address, and those who are against disclosure to another. The message of the attackers said that after the end of the voting period, they will compare the number of votes and fulfill the “will of the world”, notifying all participants.
The hackers ‘ announcement hung on the site for about 30 minutes, but at the moment the site has already been restored. The representative of the election campaign of Donald Trump Tim Murtaugh (Tim Murtaugh) confirmed on the social network Twitter that the site was damaged, but there was no leak of confidential data, as they are stored elsewhere. Law enforcement agencies have already launched an investigation.
In May, hackers also threatened to publish compromising material on the US president and other celebrities, demanding $42 million in XMR from the law firm. Many organizations are subject to similar ransomware attacks, but the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said that paying ransoms to attackers may violate U.S. law.