Donald Trump is having one of the worst few months of his tenure as the United States president. After trailing the Democratic nominee for months together, losing polls and ratings, Trump's supporters have another bad news. His official campaign website has been hacked and defaced with the message "the world has had enough of the fake-news spread by president Donald J Trump. It is time to allow the world to know the truth. The message also said, "multiple devices were compromised, and secret conversations strictly classified information was exposed." The news was first posted by Nicole Perlroth, a cybersecurity reporter at the New York Times. She tweeted, "Trump's Campaign website hacked/defaced by someone who is sick of the "fake news spread daily" by the president."
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
Hackers didn't stop by posting just the message on the website; they went a step further and asked people to send cryptocurrency to two virtual addresses. One address is to encourage them to share the data and the other to discourage them. They also claimed that the stolen data from the website "gave full access to Trump and relatives. The classified information exposed can prove that the Trump government is involved in the origin of the coronavirus." They also accused Trump of "cooperating with foreign actors to manipulate the 2020 elections." Hackers left the final message, "the US citizens have no choice." However, the Trump campaign rubbished the claims of hackers. "There was no exposure to sensitive data as none of it was stored on the site," tweeted Tim Murtaugh, the communications director of Trump's reelection campaign.
On the other hand, there is no clear information on who conducted the attack. As hackers asked for money, many believe that they are not working for any nation-state. The FBI also declined to comment on the issue. Along with the hackings, Trump and his administration are also facing criticism for the new spike in coronavirus cases. The US has reported approximately half a million positive cases in the last week alone. The number of cases per day has been increased from 30,000 to over 70,000, which is the highest across the world. Despite the rise in the cases, President Donald Trump isn't perturbed about citizens' safety. Instead, he is encouraging his supporters to stop talking about the virus. His message: "The virus is not a big deal. Vaccines will soon be available, and if people get sick, most of them will survive just like Trump and his family did." On Monday, he tweeted - "The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election. Losers!" The very same day, he argued, "I mean, I got it and I'm here. We have great medicines and therapeutics."
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