A hacker, identified as Victor Gevers successfully logged in to US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account by guessing his password ~ “MAGA2020!”
Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday said a man had cracked U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter account back in October of this year, despite ‘denials’ from Washington and the company, but added that the so-called “ethical hacker” would not face charges.
The man, identified as Victor Gevers in Dutch media, reportedly hacked into Trump’s Twitter account @realDonaldTrump by guessing his password on October 16th, several Dutch media reports said.
Both the White House and Twitter have strenuously denied and continue denying reports that the account had been hacked.
Gevers, 44, disclosed the hack immediately, saying the password he guessed was “maga2020!”, referring to the Trump slogan “Make America Great Again.”
“We believe the hacker has actually penetrated Trump’s Twitter account but has met the criteria that have been developed in case law to go free as an ethical hacker,” the public prosecutor’s office (OM) said.
It added that hacking was a criminal offence in the Netherlands.
But “special circumstances, also referred to in practice as ‘responsible disclosure’,” could stop prosecutors from taking steps, the OM added.
Dutch prosecutors made their findings based on an investigation by police’s specialist cyber unit called Team High-tech Crime.
“Both the hacker and the American authorities have been informed of the outcome of the investigation,” prosecutors said.
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