President Trump's campaign website was briefly targeted on Tuesday evening by unknown actors who posted anti-Trump messages and appeared to be seeking cryptocurrency. Reports indicate the defacement was active for less than 30 minutes before the site was reinstated.
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, said in a statement that no data had been stolen in the incident. The campaign is working with law enforcement to determine the source of the attack, which took place at a time when both presidential candidates and federal agencies are on alert for activity attempting to interfere with next week's election.
In their messages on the website, persons behind the incident claim "multiple devices were compromised" that provided "full access" to the president and his relatives, including "internal and secret conversations." They also claim to have evidence that "completely discredits" Mr. Trump as president and accuse him of cooperation with foreign actors in the 2020 election.
Those who visited the website while these messages were active were asked to deposit cryptocurrency into one of two funds: one named "Yes, share the data" and another with the label, "No, do not share the data." The actors requested Monero, a form of cryptocurrency that is difficult to trace.
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