Donald Trump is facing fire from the hacktivist community lately— This time, his Hotel Collection website has been shut down by Ghost Squad!
Remember the ruthless DDoS attackers from Ghost Squad who previously shut down websites of several banks, Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement? They are back with yet another attack and this time the target is none other than American presidential Candidate and billionaire Donald Trump.
Yes, the Ghost Squad hackers just conducted a powerful Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) on the Trump Hotel Collection website forcing it to go offline and display the Cloud Flare’s version for the home page. Those visiting the website can see a message confirming that the site is offline:
This page (trumphotelcollection.com) is currently offline. However, because the site uses CloudFlare’s Always Online™ technology you can continue to surf a snapshot of the site. We will keep checking in the background and, as soon as the site comes back, you will automatically be served the live version.
BannedOffline, one of the attackers from Ghost Squad tagged HackRead in his recent tweet about the attack. He also announced to that the groups reason was to target Trump’s hate mongering and the use of Cloud Flare protection which has been pointed out for protecting websites spreading hate and terrorism.
In an exclusive conversation with the attackers, HackRead was told that:
“We Chose To DDoS His Hotel Collection Website Because Of A Statement He Said In His Speech “I will build a great, great wall, on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall.” Also, on TV today, he apologized acting like he did not mean anything he said about Muslims or Mexicans. Words do not go away when you say something mean you obviously mean it then regret it sooner or later. Also, we have noticed CloudFlare has their mind on protecting websites that contain explicit material such as animal p*rn and isis supporting sites. This Is Only The Beginning Though As We Have Future Plans For Hillary Clinton And His Main Website.”
— Ghost Squad (@BannedOffline) May 20, 2016
This is not the first time when Donald Trump has his websites under cyber attacks. In fact, the Anonymous hacktivists have been targeting his sites since his hate speech against Muslims and Mexicans. In January 2016, Anonymous had shut down Trump’s Election Campaign website however, DDoS is not the only thing hurting Trump’s business, there have been several data breaches and stealing of customers’ credit card data from his hotels’ computer servers.
At the time of publishing this article, the Trump Hotel Collection website was down and displaying Cloud Flare’s message on the home page.