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US President Donald Trump’s Twitter was allegedly accessed by a Dutch researcher who guessed the President’s password on their fifth attempt.
The security expert and chairman of the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure, Victor Gevers, said he correctly guessed Trump’s password - “maga2020!” - on the fifth attempt.
Maga stands for Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.
Gevers’ correct guess meant he had access to Trump’s profile and could tweet and even send direct messages.
“I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information,” Gevers told Dutch publisher De Volkskrant.
He said his easy access implied the US President wasn’t using two-step verification measures, in addition to a simple password.
Gevers attempted to warn Trump’s campaign team that his Twitter account was easily compromised, along with the FBI, the CIA and the White House, however he received no immediate response, De Volkskrant reported.
A day later, however, Trump’s account had two-step verification activated and the Secret Service contacted him to thank him for raising the issue.
However, Twitter denies the claim. A spokesperson said the social media giant has seen “no evidence” to corroborate the claim.
Gevers said this isn’t the first time he’s gotten into Trump’s Twitter, having also guessed his password in 2016. At that time, his password was “yourefired” - his catchphrase from the reality television show, The Apprentice.
Gevers’ advice? “Please switch on two-factor authentication on all of your accounts.”
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