With simply days to go earlier than the 2020 US election, a Dutch safety researcher has allegedly managed to acquire entry to President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
As reported by the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, safety researcher and moral hacker Victor Gevers claims to have had entry to the US President’s private Twitter account final Friday. He took screenshots whereas signed in as Trump and shared them with the month-to-month opinion journal Vrij Nederland which then supplied them to the Dutch newspaper.
While Twitter has denied Gevers claims, Dutch safety specialists have reviewed them and discover them credible. In reality, this isn’t the primary time that the safety researcher has been in a position to entry Trump’s Twitter account. Back in 2016, Gevers and two different hackers obtained Trump’s password and accessed his account.
This time round although, Gevers was within the technique of reviewing the safety of verified Twitter accounts when he managed to as soon as once more entry Trump’s account.
Poor password safety
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Last week, Gevers tried to enter quite a lot of totally different passwords so as to acquire entry to President Trump’s Twitter account. Eventually on the fifth strive, he entered “maga2020” and was shocked to discover that he had entry to the account. Maga2020, quick for Make America Great Again, is sort of presumably the worst password Trump might have picked as it’s one in all his marketing campaign slogans for the 2020 election.
Gevers defined to de Volkskrant that he thought accessing the Twitter account of a sitting US president would have been harder, saying: “I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information.”
Following his discovery, Gevers unsuccessfully tried to attain out to Trump’s household, marketing campaign group and others through e-mail and Twitter. Instead, two days later, he acquired an e-mail from the US Secret Service and Gevers shared the entire info he had found with them.
Two-step verification has now been added to Trump’s account and hopefully the incident has satisfied the President of the significance of utilizing a robust and complicated password for his Twitter account.
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Via de Volkskrant