Donald Trump's Twitter account 'hacked' by Dutch cyber security expert - The National

Donald Trump’s Twitter account ‘hacked’ by Dutch cyber security expert – The National

PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s Twitter was broken into last week by an ethical hacker who guessed the weak on his fifth attempt, a Dutch newspaper has reported.

De Volkskrant said it had seen proof that the hacker, Victor Gevers, had accessed the US President’s account, which has 87.3 million followers.

Dutch experts have also vouched for Gevers’s reliability, as he is well-known in the field in that country.

However, The White House denies the hacking happened, while Twitter says it has seen “no evidence” that it did, including from the Dutch newspaper.

Trump’s account apparently had an extremely weak and easy to guess password. Furthermore, according to Gevers, Trump had not applied two-step verification.

Gevers reportedly used the password maga2020! to access Trump’s account, where he was able to post, read private messages, and follow whomever he chose.

The ethical hacker apparently guessed Trump’s password on his fifth try.

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He told De Volkskrant he was “flabbergasted”, adding: “I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information.”

As an “ethical hacker”, and because all hacking is illegal, Gevers took copious steps to notify the President and his security detail, and did not do anything while he had access to the account.

The president’s Twitter has apparently now been made more secure.

Gevers, who works from The Netherlands, asked: “Why is it possible for someone from a different time zone to log into such an important account?

“Why doesn’t Twitter demand better passwords? If I can access his account, then foreign nations can do so as well, right?

“Why aren’t the persons who are supposed to protect the President informed when someone reports that his account is unsafe?”

Gevers added: “Trump is over 70 – elderly people often switch off two-step verification because they find it too complicated. My own mother, for instance.

“For younger generations digital security is more self-evident.”

However, The White House has said the Dutch paper’s claims are “absolutely not true”.

In a statement, Twitter said: “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.”


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