Trump’s Twitter account allegedly hacked after researcher guesses password

The researcher claims he also gained access to Trump’s Twitter in 2016

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A Dutch researcher was allegedly able to guess President Donald Trump’s Twitter password, “maga2020!” and it wasn’t the first time.

Security expert Victor Gevers had access to the President’s direct messages and his 87 million followers, The Guardian reports. Having that kind of power would excite most, but for Gevers, it made him very nervous, according to the news source De Volkskrant.

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“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,” said the news source. 

In this photo illustration a notification from Twitter appears on tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump that the social media platform says violated its policy on May 29, 2020 in San Anselmo, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Gevers said Trump obviously wasn’t using the two-step verification function for extra security or he wouldn’t have been able to get into his account so easily.

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

But Twitter says the hack never happened. A spokesperson for the social media site 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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Gevers says that when he tried to access the account the next day, two-step verification was installed. He says the Secret Service reached out to him to say thank you for bringing the lack of security to their attention.

The researcher claims he also gained access to Trump’s Twitter in 2016, the password at the time was, “yourefired.”

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