Something strange happened late Friday and early Saturday when users tried to visit donaldjtrump.com from the University of Miami: His website got blocked.
“The site you are attempting to visit was found to be unsafe or pose harm to your system and/or device,” said the alert message that popped up instead.
No such problem arose for users who went to hillaryclinton.com.
The problem was identified late Friday on Twitter by the UM College Republicans.
A Miami Herald reporter using the university’s guest wifi network Saturday morning confirmed that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s website was inaccessible — while Hillary Clinton’s was not.
Alerted to the problem, a UM spokeswoman said the university’s information technology problem would investigate. A few hours later, the university issued a statement saying UM’s network had automatically blocked the site after detecting “malicious activity.” The school has since manually “whitelisted” donaldjtrump.com so that it is once again accessible.
“The issue was addressed immediately and we whitelisted the site as soon as this was brought to our attention,” spokeswoman Megan M. Ondrizek said. “We are still investigating the main cause, but it appears that there was malicious activity on the website which caused it to be blocked automatically.”
The university later clarified it wasn't Trump's site itself but rather its host server that triggered the UM network's block.
"Further investigation determined a hosting service for the Trump website had the malicious activity, not the Trump website itself."