U.S. President Donald Trump‘s website was “defaced” Tuesday evening, one of his campaign spokesman has confirmed.

In a tweet just after 8 p.m. ET, Trump’s campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said the team is “working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack.”

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“There was no exposure to sensitive data because none of it is actually stored on the site,” he wrote. “The website has been restored.”

A screenshot of the site tweeted by a reporter from The New York Times shows that it briefly displayed a warning claiming that it had been “seized” because “the world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded daily by president donald j trump.”

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It later displayed an error message that read, in part, “This site is currently offline.”

The site was restored shortly after.


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The breach comes just a week before the U.S. presidential election.

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Trump spent Tuesday campaigning in Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

In a tweet, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs said “website defacements are noise.”

“Don’t fall for these attempts designed to distract, sensationalize and confuse,” he wrote. “Ultimately they’re trying to undermine your confidence in our voting process.”

–With a file from The Associated Press




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