On Wednesday, it was confirmed by Dutch prosecutors an 'ethical hacker' named Victor Gevers had successfully accessed President Trump's Twitter account. Twice.
However, Gevers didn't actually need to do much hacking to figure it out. After five tries, Gevers discovered the President's password was latest maga2020!. He previously accessed Trump's account in October 2016 with the password yourefired.
Gevers tried reaching out directly to the POTUS in October 2020 via Twitter.
Dear @realDonaldTrump, I've tried to notify multiple times because of your passwords for Twitter are too weak. Last… https://t.co/oJm9Atd7nN— Victor Gevers (@Victor Gevers) 1603148156.0
While hacking is a crime in The Netherlands, Gevers released photos from the hack and cooperated with authorities, including American ones, to make sure two-factor authentication was added. He also suggested the President make his password more complicated.
Because of these extenuating circumstances, he will not be prosecuted by Dutch authorities. The American Secret Service also thanked Gevers for exposing the vulnerability so it could be fixed.
Before Gevers revealed what the password was, some people had guesses.
@0xDUDE @D3DVUKAJ @realDonaldTrump @CISAgov @TeamTrump @WhiteHouse @DonaldJTrumpJr @twittersecurity Yourefired2020— MrFreshy (@MrFreshy) 1603152957.0
@0xDUDE @UID_ @realDonaldTrump @CISAgov @TeamTrump @WhiteHouse @DonaldJTrumpJr @twittersecurity "yourefired2016" or… https://t.co/WD923Ao5uj— Johannes Schröder (@Johannes Schröder) 1603178861.0
@0xDUDE @realDonaldTrump @CISAgov @TeamTrump @WhiteHouse @DonaldJTrumpJr @twittersecurity Possible @realDonaldTrump… https://t.co/Lf5BhgljNJ— Carole Lindner (@Carole Lindner) 1603405740.0
Some offered a little throwback.
@0xDUDE @realDonaldTrump @CISAgov @TeamTrump @WhiteHouse @DonaldJTrumpJr @twittersecurity He changed it to Covefe— Achilles (@Achilles) 1608259766.0
And all over the internet, faces were meeting palms.
Pretty hilarious... OMG He's a dork. #Hacked https://t.co/v7lM4FgoK0— Faye 'The Lone Star Warrior' Ku 🧢 (@Faye 'The Lone Star Warrior' Ku 🧢) 1608254225.0
@0xDUDE @realDonaldTrump @CISAgov @TeamTrump @WhiteHouse @DonaldJTrumpJr @twittersecurity LOL this is just too funny.— Peter HolterAndersen (@Peter HolterAndersen) 1603270547.0
@kylegriffin1 We live in the stupidest times.— Dawn's Double Vaxed & Still Masked (@Dawn's Double Vaxed & Still Masked) 1608301681.0
@kylegriffin1 Is this a joke? 😂 wouldn’t be surprised if it was the password though— M.P. Capellán (@M.P. Capellán) 1608301363.0
@kylegriffin1 The ability to guess Trump's password's twice is proof that Trump is a stable genius.— Just a Shiba Inu Dog🇺🇸now with extra Patriotism (@Just a Shiba Inu Dog🇺🇸now with extra Patriotism) 1608301384.0
Hopefully President-elect Biden makes it a little harder for Gevers when he becomes President on January 20, 2021.