Donald Trump’s son receives threatening letter with suspicious powder inside
NEW YORK CITY — A threatening letter addressed to Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump contained a suspicious powder in its envelope, a law enforcement source said Friday.
The substance, which was delivered to a New York City Trump building, was tested and appears to be lemonade mix, according to initial reports.
Eric Trump’s wife was going through the mail when she picked up the envelope and powder came out, the source said.
There was a handwritten note in the envelope making threats if Trump’s father, the Republican front-runner, does not drop out of the race.
The Secret Service is investigating along with FBI, according to the source.
It was postmarked March 7 from a post office in Boston, the source said, and Trump alerted authorities about the letter Thursday, J. Peter Donald, director of communications at the New York Police Department, said Thursday.
No injuries have been reported in connection with this incident, Donald said Thursday.
In recent weeks, there have been similar incidents at offices for the campaigns of Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
‘Anonymous’ says it’s attacking Trump
Meanwhile, hackers posted what they’re alleging to be Trump’s cell phone number and social security number. CNNMoney cannot independently verify this information.
The information, posted on a popular site for Anonymous leaks, also includes phone numbers, home addresses, and other personal information associated with people close to Trump, including his spokesperson, campaign manager and family members.
CNNMoney called one of the numbers from the leaked info that was listed as Trump’s family member. The person who answered confirmed his connection to Trump.
Some information released was incorrect. For example, the leak claimed to give information about Trump’s agent, but the agency CAA released the following statement: “Contrary to recent reports, neither Tracy Brennan nor CAA represent Donald Trump.”
A Trump representative said officials are “seeking the arrest of the people responsible for attempting to illegally hack Mr. Trump’s accounts and telephone information.”
The U. S. Secret Service said that it is “aware” of the postings. “We are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this matter,” it said in a statement.
The info posted online also includes information regarding Trump’s website infrastructure and encourages hackers to take action on April 1st.
Over the last few weeks, members who identify as part of Anonymous have posted a video condemning Trump.
“You say what your current audience wants to hear but in reality you don’t stand for anything except for greed and power,” the video proclaims, calling on people watching to take down Trump’s website and “dismantle his brand.”
Anonymous is a loosely collected group. Some members say they don’t approve of the YouTube uploader who initially posted the video condemning Trump. Regardless, #OpTrump is gaining traction.
One member of anonymous told CNN the operation is for “lulz,” a term associated with hacking for fun. “We aren’t stating that we can stop Trump,” the member told CNNMoney. “This operation is basically just to play around with him with some hacking in between.”
This type of gathering and posting of personal information is the first step of an attack, security expert David Kennedy told CNNMoney, saying it’s likely the group could take down Trump’s websites or try to hack information relating to his businesses.