Hacker Defaces Donald Trump's Website

The hacker posted a nationalistic video from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Hackers allegedly from Turkey have defaced a section of Donald Trump's website.

"Do not be like those who forget Allah, so Allah made them forget themselves. Here they really went astray," a part of the defacement, which says it was allegedly carried out by someone calling themselves RootAyyildiz, reads. The page includes an embed of a nationalist YouTube video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The defacement impacts the "action" subdomain of the website, which is ordinarily used by the Trump campaign for calls to action, such as petitions or asking the campaign a question.

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Defacements are often but not exclusively carried out by lower skilled hackers, who may find a way to change content on a particular part of a site. RootAyyildiz appears to have targeted other sites in the past too.

"Defaced By RootAyyıldız · Turkish And Muslim Defacer · you and a lot of american politicians from joe, you are all a Zionist dog, you are all unjust anti-human," a cached message on another site hosted on Github reads.


On their Facebook profile, RootAyyildiz has a logo that reads "He is a Turkish Defacer."

RootAyyildiz told Motherboard in a Facebook message that they defaced the Trump site using Server Side Template Injection (SSTI), which is a technique where an attacker can put their own arbitrary code into a site's template. They said they had control over that part of the site for 3 months.

“There are many areas of hacking attacks, for example, hacking social media accounts or websites, I am a hacktivist and I have been working on websites for a long time and I choose this management to have my voice heard,” they added.

Donald Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update: This piece has been updated to include comment from RootAyyildiz.

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