Dutch Prosecutors Confirm Trump’s Twitter Account Was Hacked by Guessing Password
Prosecutors in the Netherlands have confirmed that President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was accessed by a hacker on October 16 when the man correctly guessed the president’s password was ““maga2020!”, a reference to his slogan “Make America Great Again.”
The hacker, Victor Gevers, will face no charges, however, with Dutch prosecutors explaining in a statement: “We believe the hacker has actually penetrated Trump’s Twitter account, but has met the criteria that have been developed in case law to go free as an ethical hacker.”
Gevers revealed that he’d accessed Trump’s account at the time and announced to the world that he’d guessed the password. The White House strongly denied the claim and there were questions about whether it was a stunt, but Dutch authorities have now confirmed Gevers’ claim.
“Both the hacker and the American authorities have been informed of the outcome of the investigation,” they said.
Gevers told a Dutch newspaper that it appeared to him Trump was not using security measures to protect his Twitter account, such as two-step authentication.
“I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information,” Gevers told De Volkskrant. He added that he’d tried to alert the U.S. government about the situation and was later thanked by the Secret Service.
The White House has made no public comment on the matter as yet and it appears likely the president has changed his password since the incident.