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Donald Trump’s Twitter Was Hacked By The Same Dutch Hacker Twice; Both Passwords Revealed

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United States President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was hacked in October, Dutch prosecutors said, adding that the “ethical hacker” would not face charges. According to foreign media reports, the Dutch government will not punish the hacker Victor Gevers who got into Trump’s Twitter account by guessing his password. Both the White House and Twitter had denied reports that the account had been hacked.

Gevers himself disclosed the hack, saying the password he guessed was “maga2020!”, referring to the Trump slogan “Make America Great Again”, reports stated on Wednesday. A cyber unit called Team High-tech Crime began its investigation at the end of November to establish if a criminal offence had been committed.

“However, Gevers has not committed a crime because he sought contact with the White House, Twitter and the FBI and made suggestions for improvements,” the public prosecutor is quoted as saying in Dutch media reports. 

When news of the hack first broke, Gevers told De Volkskrant that the ease with which he accessed Trump’s account suggested the President was not using basic security measures like two-step verification. “I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information,” he told the Dutch newspaper. Earlier in July, the official Twitter accounts of Apple, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and others were hijacked by scammers trying to dupe people into sending cryptocurrency bitcoin, in a massive hack. The account of US President Donald Trump, which has more than 88 million followers, was not among those hacked.

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