A website hosted on the Dark Web claims to be asking for Bitcoin donations and "expert advice" to help fund the assassinations of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
According to CSO, which first uncovered the "murder-for-hire" site, the darknet portal went live last week and calls for assistance to fund an assassination attempt against Trump, and features an image of the president-elect in crosshairs. The website is located on the Dark Web, and can be accessed only using the Tor browser, which masks IP addresses.
"As you are all well aware, the consequences of having Donald Trump and Mike Pence as the leaders of the free world is extremely dangerous," reads a statement on the "murder-for-hire" website. "The political, environmental and social consequences will change the United States for the worst."
Pointing to the “rise of several white supremacist movements like the KKK and the neo-nazis,” the site promoting assassination says “trying to eliminate other Americans of different origins cannot be tolerated.” It adds that “we, as a society have come too far to go back to this."
The site’s administrators claim they are part of a “well-known organization that has always defended and protected the rights of all people against crooked governments and regimes using different cyber attacks.” It adds that it now needs to go further, “as it will require much more than cyber attack to defend ourselves to avoid civil war or another world war.”
“We have several assets in different branches of government, security and even some working in secret services,” it claims.
That's when the solicitation for funds kicks in: "Unfortunately, the plan we need to implement requires a lot of money to pay for equipment, bribes and also to pay those assets.”
The site asks for anonymous donations from those who “wish to see our plan succeed” and asks those with “expertise, intelligence or contacts you consider relevant,” to get in touch.
The Bitcoin wallet associated with the site has received $88,000 since March, but as the website has only been live for about a week, donations thought to be related to the assassination fundraising only amount to $119, CSO reports. CSO said that the Secret Service is "aware" of the domain.
Interestingly, as IBT notes, when looking at the website source code, there is a notice purporting to be from a "hacker" who successfully infiltrated the website to leave a message. The hacker claims to know the identity of the administrator and even published his alleged Reddit username. "This site is being hosted by the Canadian citizen [redacted]. "He once worked for a Canadian Best Buy's Geek Squad. However, I thought that I had saved some informations (sic) about him on my storage systems, but I can't find them anymore. His name, citizenship and former position are from my memory, but absolutely correct.
"He's actually just a little scammer, but now he's calling to murder the president-elect. I don't see how anyone could sit back and watch someone doing that. I actually planned to send an email to the United States Secret Service about him, but I can't find an appropriate email address of the USSS, so I've to post this here. The message is signed: "The kind Austrian citizen, 1k4."
While such "murder-for-hire" websites have shown up in the past, and add to the mystique of the Dark Web, many appear to be scams or honeypot schemes ran by law enforcement. One similar, notorious website called Besa Mafia was hacked earlier this year and leaked emails referenced links to police investigations.