Hackers took over at least 195 Trump affiliated websites: Report

Hackers took over at least 195 Trump affiliated websites: Report
Sun Nov 5, 2017 07:37:46

A new report says four years ago, well before Donald Trump began his campaign or became the US president, at least 195 web addresses belonging to him, his family or his business empire were hijacked by hackers possibly operating out of Russia.

Press TV-- According to a Saturday report by the Associated Press, the affected web addresses included donaldtrump.org, donaldtrumpexecutiveoffice.com, donaldtrumprealty.com and barrontrump.com, and were hijacked over August and September of 2013.  

The Trump Organization denied the domain names were ever compromised. But a review of internet records by the AP and cybersecurity experts reveled they were actually compromised.

However, it was not until this past week, after the Trump camp was asked about it by the AP, that the compromised addresses were repaired.

After the hack, computer users who visited the Trump-related addresses were unwittingly redirected to servers in St. Petersburg, Russia, that cybersecurity experts said contained malicious software commonly used to steal passwords or hold files for ransom.

It is not known whether the hackers are the same ones who stole Democratic officials' emails and embarrassed the Democratic Party in the heat of the campaign last year, which at the time provided much needed political ammo for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

The attacks took place as Trump was preparing to travel to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant, which was held on November 9, 2013, at a property owned by a wealthy Russian real estate developer.

Many of the addresses were not being used by Trump. Businesses and public figures commonly buy addresses for possible future use or to prevent them from falling into the hands of rivals or enemies. The Trump Organization and its affiliates own at least 3,300 in all.

In a declassified report released in January, the intelligence community concluded that Russia helped with the Trump’s campaign effort ahead of winning the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and Trump.

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