Donald Trump’s Twitter Account was allegedly hacked by Dutch researcher
Donald Trump wouldn’t be in the White House if it wasn’t for his Twitter account. Rarely any other world leader is as active on Twitter as number 45 is. But, it appears that his account’s security may have been compromised! A Dutch researcher claims to have hacked Trump’s Twitter account after he correctly guessed his password.
Security expert claims to have hacked into Donald Trump’s Twitter by guessing his password
A Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported that a Dutch security expert, named Victor Gevers, successfully gained access to Donald Trump‘s Twitter account. He could access Trump’s direct messages and tweet in his name as well.
Gevers managed to gain access to Trump’s account back in 2016, by simply guessing his password. After four failed attempts, he managed to guess his password successfully on the fifth time. And he says the password was “maga2020“. Maga stands for Trump’s famous campaign slogan from 2016, Make America Great Again. Gevers told the paper:
I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information.
Twitter denies the claims
However, Twitter clearly denied these claims by the Dutch newspaper. They said they found no evidence of any hacking of Donald Trump’s Twitter account or any other high-profile or election-related accounts. They told the Verge:
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.
However, Gever said that it was clear Donald Trump was not using basic security measures like two-step verification. And that is why he was easily able to hack into his account. Once he gained access to his account, it sent him into an immediate state of panic. He suddenly had the capability to address 87 million of his followers. And so, according to the newspaper, what he did was:
So, he tries to warn others. Trump’s campaign team, his family. He sends messages via Twitter asking if someone will call Trump’s attention to the fact that his Twitter account is not safe. He tags the CIA, the White House, the FBI, Twitter themselves. No response.
How the Security Service got his account back
The next day, Gever noticed that two-step verification had been activated on Trump’s account. And then, a couple of days later, the Secret Service got in touch with Gever and thanked him for bringing the lack of security on Donald Trump’s official Twitter account to their attention.
However, this wasn’t the first time someone had hacked into the Twitter account of the 45th US President. In 2016, Gever along with two others had also guessed Trump’s password. According to VN News, back then Trump’s password was “yourefired,” which was his catchphrase from the hit American TV Show The Apprentice. Now that Donald Trump is President, we hope that he is more careful about his Twitter account. It could literally trigger World War III. And they could also affect the 2020 US Elections and the Presidential race!