This year, many people across the globe have been denounced by the abject pandemic. The crypto industry was also subject to immense treachery. A lot of dirt was thrown at the industry, as some fraudsters were looking bag some easy money. With the value of crypto assets hitting new heights, hackers sought Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a ransom. After India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, America’s Donald Trump is the latest to fall prey to a cryptocurrency hack.
Hackers Seek Monero
Earlier today, US President Donald Trump’s campaign website was under attack. For a period of 30 minutes, the hacker took over the website and reportedly demanded the privacy coin Monero [XMR]. A notice was issued on the site by the attackers highlighting that the globe was tired of fake news that was advertised by President Trump. The hacker further revealed that he/she had intended to deliver the truth to the world. Twitter user, Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler was one of the first to discover the attack as he tweeted,
— Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler (@ggreschler) October 27, 2020
In the notice issued on the site, the hacker alleged to have acquired passage to the “most internal and secret conversations strictly classified information” this was further accompanied by claims of gaining full access to Trump as well as his relatives.
COVID-19 was undoubtedly the highlight of this year. A microscopic virus that disrupted the ways of the entire mankind paved the way to several conjectures. While some put forward the theory of China spreading the virus to weaken the world, a few others alleged that Bill Gates was in a deal with “big pharma” to suck out profit through the death and suffering of people. However, none of these have substantial proof and the hacker was the latest one to add to the list of the already existing speculations. The notice of Trump’s website read,
“most internal and secret conversations strictly classified information is exposed proving that the trump-gov is involved in the origin of the corona virus.”
This wasn’t it, the hacker further accused Trump of manipulating the 2020 elections by joining forces with foreign actors. Leaving people high dry, the hacker suggested that he/she would reveal the truth based on the number of votes. The votes were measured through the number of Monero in the “yes” address and the “no” address.
The hackers further said,
“after the deadline we will compare the funds and execute the will of the world. In both cases we will inform you.”
The notice was removed promptly and Trump’s campaign team revealed that no information from the website was compromised.