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Trump campaign site temporarily 'defaced' Tuesday night by hackers

The seals of the FBI and DOJ appeared at the head of the message which accused President Trump of promulgating fake news.  

Updated: October 28, 2020 - 10:20am

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President Trump's campaign website was "defaced" Tuesday night by hackers, according to the campaign.

When visiting donaldjtrump.com, the website at first appeared to load normally, but then a message appeared declaring that the site had been seized.

The seals of the FBI and Justice Department appeared atop the message, which accused President Trump of promulgating fake news.  

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh released a statement saying the site had been "defaced" but that no "sensitive data" had been exposed during the incident.

"Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack," Murtaugh explained. "There was no exposure to sensitive data because none of it is actually stored on the site. The website has been restored."

The site appeared to be working as usual again at about 7:20 p.m.

The Justice Department has yet to respond to a request for comment.

Part of the message, which included several misspellings, stated: "the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded daily by president donald j trump. it is time to allow the world to know truth. multiple devices were compromised that gave full access to trump and relatives. most internal and secret conversations strictly classified information is exposed proving that the trump-gov is involved in the origin of the corona virus."

The message continued: "we have evidence that completely discredits mr trump as a president. proving his criminal involvment and coorperation with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 elections. the US citizens have no choice today is the day - the whole world can decide if they want to know that truth or not."

The message also stated "after the deadline we will compare the funds and execute the will of the world. In both cases we will inform you. you can identify our key."

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