Enough of fake news: Donald Trump’s campaign website hacked week before Election Day; restored

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On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump’s campaign website ‘donaldjtrump.com’ was hacked briefly, just a week ahead of Election Day, according to officials and reports. However, it was quickly fixed and no sensitive data was compromised.

A message on the website said, “This site was seized. The world has had enough of the fake-news spread daily by President Donald J Trump.” (Photo: PTI)

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump’s campaign website ‘donaldjtrump.com’ was hacked briefly, just a week ahead of Election Day, according to officials and reports.

“This site was seized The world has had enough of the fake-news spread daily by President Donald J Trump,” said a message that popped up on the website, which normally carries details of rallies and fundraising appeals.

The hackers, however, did not provide any evidence to back their statements.

The campaign said in an emailed statement there was “no exposure to sensitive data because none of it is actually stored on the site.” Trump campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, said the site was quickly fixed and no sensitive data was compromised, US media reported. “The Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to probe the source of the attack,” Murtaugh said.

The technology website ‘Techcrunch’ said the hack appeared to be a scam intended to collect hard-to-trace cypto-currency Monero. In their message, the hackers claimed to have “confidential information on Trump and his relatives”. They instructed people to send crypto-currency to one address if they wanted the information revealed and to another to keep it secret.

The FBI declined to comment, according to reports.

(Inputs from agencies)

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