Nobody gets hacked, says Trump, seeming to forget that his Twitter account was hacked.
A video of President Trump addressing a rally on October 19 and saying “Nobody is being hacked” has gone viral, Kate O’Flaherty reported. This is not surprising as the current video clip claims that hackers have an IQ of 197 and need “about 15% of your password” to be successful.
It appears that this particular train of thought was sparked by C-SPAN editor Steve Scully, who admitted to lying about hacking his own Twitter account.
Aside from the ridiculousness of the comments, the Trump video clip immediately reminded me of a story I shared earlier this year: Can you guess Trump’s Twitter password?
In 2016, three Dutch hackers managed to crack Trump’s Twitter password. Forget about only needing “about 15% of your password” as Trump said in this campaign address on Monday. It’s much easier if you’re looking for reused passwords from previous violations that haven’t been changed in these other accounts.
The ethical hackers in question said it took less than a second to extract Trump’s password from a 2012 LinkedIn data breach database.
This password is in case someone is tempted to contact Trump for advice on cybersecurity.
Yes, not just ten characters and all alphabetical letters, but also his well-known catchphrase from the TV show The Apprentice.
Really, folks, don’t, it just invites trouble. Problems like hacking your Twitter account.
After all, Trump’s own Twitter account @realDonaldTrump tweeted on February 21, 2013: “My Twitter was seriously hacked.”
The hack in question was the publication of a text from Lil ‘Wayne’s verse in the Will.I.Am song “Scream and Shout”. I’m not pretending for a moment that Trump himself happened to post some of Lil ‘Wayne’s texts on his official Twitter feed, that would be just plain stupid, would it?
As stupid as claiming no one is being hacked.
Beyond Twitter, Trump’s hotel chain was hacked not just once but twice, according to a TechCrunch report.
This is about getting your cybersecurity advice from experts rather than politicians or presidents. This means that not only do you get better passwords than your fired or “Person Woman Man Camera TV” and use two-factor authentication wherever possible.
I asked the Trump campaign for a comment and will update this article if it appears.