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President Trump’s Twitter accessed by security expert who guessed password “maga2020!” – TechCrunch

A Dutch safety researcher says he accessed President Trump’s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account final week by guessing his password: “maga2020!”.

Victor Gevers, a safety researcher on the GDI Basis and chair of the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure, which finds and studies safety vulnerabilities, instructed PJDM he guessed the president’s account password and was profitable on the fifth try.

The account was not protected by two-factor authentication, granting Gevers entry to the president’s account.

After logging in, he emailed US-CERT, a division of Homeland Safety’s cyber unit Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company (CISA), to reveal the safety lapse. Gevers mentioned the president’s Twitter password was modified shortly after.

A screenshot from inside Trump’s Twitter account. (Picture: Victor Gevers)

It’s the second time Gevers has gained entry to Trump’s Twitter account.

The primary time was in 2016, when Gevers and two others extracted and cracked Trump’s password from the 2012 LinkedIn breach. The researchers took his password — “yourefired” — his catchphrase from the tv present The Apprentice — and located it allow them to into his Twitter account. Gevers reported the breach to native authorities within the Netherlands, with solutions on how Trump might enhance his password safety. One of many passwords he recommended on the time was “maga2020!” he mentioned. Gevers mentioned he “didn’t anticipate” the password to work years later.

Dutch information outlet RTL Information first reported the story.

Trump’s account is alleged to be locked down with additional protections after he grew to become president, although Twitter has not mentioned publicly what these protections entail. His account was untouched by hackers who broke into Twitter’s network in July with the intention to abuse an “admin instrument” to hijack high-profile accounts and unfold a cryptocurrency rip-off.

A spokesperson for the White Home and the Trump marketing campaign didn’t instantly remark. A Twitter spokesperson didn’t touch upon the report. A spokesperson for CISA didn’t instantly verify the report.

Gevers has beforehand reported safety incidents involving a facial recognition database used to trace Uyghur Muslims and a vulnerability in Oman’s stock exchange.

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Zack Whittaker