Donald Trump’s Twitter Account, reportedly Hacked!
Donald Trump’s Twitter account was allegedly hacked last week, after a Dutch researcher correctly guessed the president’s password: “maga2020!”, Dutch media reported.
Victor Gevers, a security expert, had access to Trump’s direct messages, could post tweets in his name and change his profile, De Volkskrant newspaper reported.
Gevers – who previously managed to log into Trump’s account in 2016 – apparently gained access by guessing Trump’s password. He tried “maga2020!” on his fifth attempt and it worked. Maga stands for Trump’s oft used campaign slogan Make America Great Again.
“I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information,” Gevers told De Volkskrant.
However, Gevers told De Volkskrant the ease with which he accessed Trump’s account suggested the president was not using basic security measures like two-step verification.
Allegedly gaining access to Trump’s Twitter meant Gevers was suddenly able to connect with 87m users – the number of Trump’s followers – and according to De Volkskrant’s story, it sent him into a bit of a panic.
“So, he tries to warn others. After logging in, he emailed US-CERT, a division of Homeland Security’s cyber unit Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Also, Twitter, to disclose the security lapse, but, No response,” the paper reported.
Twitter responded to this
Twitter, however, denied the report. “We’ve seen no evidence to corroborate this claim, including from the article published in the Netherlands today. We proactively implemented account security measures for a designated group of high-profile, election-related Twitter accounts in the United States, including federal branches of government,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.
Twitter said last month that it would tighten the security on the accounts of political candidates and government account. Including encouraging but not mandating the use of two-factor authentication.
However, Donald Trump’s Twitter account is safe with extra protections after he became president. Though Twitter has not said publicly what those protections entail. His account wasn’t invade by hackers who Twitter’s network in July in order to abuse an “admin tool”. And also to hijack high-profile accounts and spread a cryptocurrency scam.
A day later, Gevers noticed that two-step verification became activated on Trump’s account. Two days later, the Secret Service got in touch. According to De Volkskrant, they thanked him for bringing the security problem to their attention.
Remarkably, it wasn’t the first time Gevers has gained access to the president’s Twitter account. In 2016 he and two others guessed Trump’s password and got into his account.
2016 “yourefired” was Trump’s password. According to VN news, his catchphrase from the reality TV show that brought him into American living rooms prior to his election, The Apprentice.