Pictured: Anti-mask protesters clash with Black Lives Matter counter-protesters in Columbus, Ohio last July. (Megan Jelinger/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

As the 2020 presidential election nears, the U.S. populace is as divided as it has been in a long time – and the tempestuous climate could lead to a surge in activity among hacktivists seeking to make a statement.

Just this week, Reuters reported that hackers are testing the defenses of President Donald Trump’s campaign and business websites, possibly as a precursor to a future attack intended to take the sites offline. Access to several sites was reportedly already disrupted for short bursts of time from March 15 through June 6.

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