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A hacker who claimed to have logged into President Donald Trump’s Twitter account in October will not face punishment for attempting to contact American authorities and report the security breach, a Dutch prosecutor said on Wednesday after one police investigation into the incident by the country’s high tech crime crew.

A Dutch hacker who claims to access Donald Trump’s Twitter account will not be punished. … [+] Prosecutors announced Wednesday

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While hacking is a criminal offense in the Netherlands, there are circumstances in which perpetrators are not punished for their actions, the prosecutor said in a statement on Wednesday.

Authorities found that hacker Victor Gevers met these “responsible disclosure” requirements by attempting to report his actions to the American authorities and alerting them to the vulnerability of the account.

The prosecutor said that while Gevers can assume that he can actually access Trump’s Twitter account, which the White House and Twitter deny, he will be released as an ethical hacker.

It is unclear whether prosecutors have any evidence that the Gevers hack was a success or whether US authorities will start their own investigation into the incident.

Key background

In October, Gevers claimed to have broken into Trump’s Twitter account by using his password as “maga2020!” He said Trump doesn’t use a two-step authentication process, which Twitter recommends for security reasons. Gevers said he had access to Trump’s personal messages, could tweet from the account and even change his profile. The White House strongly denied the allegations, and Twitter said it saw no evidence to back up Gevers’ claim.

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The White House denies that the Dutch researcher hacked Trump’s Twitter by guessing the password as “Maga2020”. (Forbes)