Trump’s Campaign and Business-Websites Hacked

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Trump's Campaign and Business-Websites Hacked
Trump's Campaign and Business-Websites Hacked

Trump’s Campaign and Business-Websites Hacked

Hackers have put more efforts to hack Trump’s campaign and business websites offline ahead of the U.S. election. A security firm working for the campaign revealed it could be preparation for a larger digital assault, with reference to emails seen by Reuters.

The security assessment was put together by staff at U.S. cybersecurity firm, Cloudflare, which has been hired by President Donald Trump to assist in defending his campaign’s websites in an election contest clouded by warnings about hacking, disinformation and foreign interference.

Cloudflare is largely used by businesses and other firms to aid defend against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, aimed to take down websites by flooding them with malicious traffic.

Trump’s Campaign and Business-Websites Hacked

Internal Cloudflare emails transferred to senior company managers – including CEO Matthew Prince – on July 9 state that the number and severity of attacks on Trump websites increased in the preceding two months and made a record in June. The emails did not reveal in details the total number of attacks.

“As we election approaches, attacks are increasing in both numbers (and) sophistication” and succeeded in disrupting access to the targeted websites for short periods of time between March 15 and June 6, the assessment said.

Cloudflare did not respond directly to questions about the emails or their contents. The company said it was providing security services to both U.S. presidential campaigns and declined to answer further questions about the nature or details of its work.

Trump’s Campaign and Business-Websites Hacked

“We have seen an increase in cyberattacks targeting political candidates. We will continue to work to ensure these attacks do not disrupt free and fair elections,” it said in a statement when asked about the emails.

A spokesman for the Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment. The Biden campaign declined to comment on its work with Cloudflare or any attacks on its websites.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said no Trump websites had been taken offline by cyberattacks. She did not respond to further questions about the attacks or Trump’s work with Cloudflare.

Cloudflare’s security team did not leave comment on the hacker’s identity and Reuters was not able to determine who was responsible for the attacks.

Trump’s Campaign and Business-Websites Hacked

DDoS attacks are seen by cybersecurity experts as a relatively crude form of digital sabotage – easily established by anyone from tech-savvy teenagers to top-end cyber criminals.

But seven of the Trump websites being attacked, including donaldjtrump.com and a Trump-owned golf course, were judged to be more serious by the Cloudflare security team, the emails show.

The progressive number and sophistication of trials suggested the hackers were “probing” the website defenses to launch what would be required to take them fully offline, the security assessment said.

“We therefore cannot discount the possibility that there are hackers using this as an avenue to gather information for more sophisticated attacks,” it added.

Trump’s Campaign and Business-Websites Hacked

The Cloudflare team said they would relent in monitoring the attacks and carry out “a further round of security hardening” so as to protect the websites.

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