Donald Trump’s Twitter WAS hacked by a cyber researcher who used password ‘maga2020!’ and posted screenshots from inside it, Dutch prosecutors say despite Twitter denying it
- Dutch prosecutors confirmed that President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was hacked in October, despite White House and Twitter denials
- The Guardian reported that Victor Gevers of the Netherlands broke into Trump’s account using the easily guessable password ‘maga2020!’
- Gevers won’t be prosecuted because he did so to expose the account’s vulnerability, warning American official about the security problem
- The Dutch hacker broke into Trump’s Twitter account before, accessing it using the password ‘yourefired’ in 2016
The Guardian reported Wednesday that Victor Gevers of the Netherlands broke in to Trump’s account using the password ‘maga2020!’ and did so to prove the vulnerability.
‘We believe the hacker has actually penetrated Trump’s Twitter account, but has met the criteria that have been developed in case law to go free as an ethical hacker,’ a statement from the public prosecutor’s office said.
President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was hacked by a cyber researcher in October, who was trying to show its vulnerabilities
Victor Gevers of the Netherland hacked Trump’s account in October using the easily guessable password ‘maga2020!’
Gevers tweeted advice about securing Twitter accounts in October after he was successfully able to break into Trump’s account
In October, Gevers shared screenshots of the inside of Trump’s Twitter account – including the ‘edit profile’ section that showed the president’s name, Donald J. Trump, and his bio, ’45th President of the United States of America.’
He also told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant how easy it was to break into Trump’s account, as the president wasn’t using Twitter’s enhanced security features like two-step verification.
‘I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information,’ Gevers told De Volkskrant.
The hacker, who uses his skills to showcase security vulnerabilities and then discloses them, also told the paper that he reached out to U.S. authorities to warn them that Trump’s account wasn’t secure.
He said the Secret Service eventually got in touch and thanked him for bringing the matter to the agency’s attention.
Gevers previously successfully hacked Trump’s Twitter account in 2016.
Back then the password was ‘yourefired.’
That was the catchphrase Trump used during his years hosting ‘The Apprentice.’
‘maga2020!’ stands for Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaign slogan: ‘Make America Great Again.’
Trump also used the slogans ‘Keep America Great’ and ‘Make America Great Again, Again’ when he was campaigning for a second term in the White House.
While hacking is a crime in the Netherlands, Gevers won’t be prosecuted because he falls under ‘special circumstances,’ because he practiced ‘responsible disclosure.’