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Aurich Lawson

A safety researcher reportedly logged in to President Trump’s Twitter account final week by guessing the password—it was “maga2020!”—after which alerted the US authorities that Trump wanted to improve his Twitter safety practices.

Safety researcher Victor Gevers reportedly guessed Trump’s password on the fifth try and was dismayed that the president had not enabled two-step authentication. The information was reported at this time by de Volkskrant, a Dutch newspaper, and the journal Vrij Nederland. Each stories had quotes from Gevers, whereas Vrij Nederland additionally printed a screenshot that Gevers says he took when he had entry to the @realdonaldtrump account.

Gevers reportedly gained entry to Trump’s Twitter account on Friday final week. He says he tried passwords similar to “MakeAmericaGreatAgain” and “Maga2020” earlier than hitting on the right password of “maga2020!” Gevers is a widely known safety researcher and has been quoted in a number of Ars articles on different safety matters going again to 2017. He’s a researcher on the nonprofit GDI Basis and chair of the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure.

“I anticipated to be blocked after 4 failed makes an attempt” or not less than be “requested to supply extra info,” Gevers stated, in response to de Volkskrant. The report stated:

The Dutchman alerted Trump and American authorities companies to the safety leak. After a number of days, he was contacted by the American Secret Service within the Netherlands. This company can be chargeable for the safety of the American President and took the report critically, as evidenced by correspondence seen by de Volkskrant. In the meantime Trump’s account has been made safer.

Trump account tweeted satire article about Biden

On the identical day Gevers allegedly hacked into Trump’s Twitter account, the account tweeted a satirical article by the Babylon Bee titled, “Twitter Shuts Down Whole Community To Sluggish Unfold Of Unfavourable Biden Information.” Trump was seemingly fooled by the satirical information web site, however the Vrij Nederland article suggests the tweet might need been despatched by Gevers when he had entry to Trump’s profile.

“I’m not saying I did it,” Gevers stated, in response to Vrij Nederland. “However what if I used to be the one to publish the tweet? Then Trump might want to both admit to by no means having learn the Babylon Bee article and posting this bullshit tweet, OR he might want to acknowledge that another person posted the tweet.” The tweet nonetheless has not been deleted.

Twitter at this time stated it has “seen no proof to corroborate this declare” that Trump’s account was hacked, in response to an article by The Unbiased. However Twitter additionally stated it has “proactively carried out account safety measures for a delegated group of high-profile, election-related Twitter accounts in the USA, together with federal branches of presidency.”

Twitter’s assertion would not disprove Gevers’ declare. We contacted Gevers at this time and he confirmed to Ars that he logged in to Trump’s Twitter account utilizing the password “maga2020!” and that this was the “second time in 4 years” that he accessed Trump’s Twitter account. Gevers and two different researchers say they acquired into Trump’s Twitter account in 2016 by acquiring his password from a knowledge breach, with the password at the moment being “yourefired.”

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