Donald Trump’s presidency ended today, claims altered US State Department website

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Donald Trump's presidency ended today, claims altered US State Department website

The biographies of outgoing US President Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence were mysteriously changed on the official US State Department website at some point on Monday.

Visitors to www.state.gov were unable to view facts about the country’s top politicians, as somebody appeared to have mysteriously wiped them – only to be replace them with a solitary line detailing the end of their term.

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Donald Trump’s time as president is currently scheduled to terminate on January 20th, but things are moving pretty quickly in Washington at the moment – so who knows…

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Depending on what happens to Trump, Mike Pence may require a biog update as well…

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According to a Buzzfeed News report, a disgruntled employee at the US State Department is to blame for the unauthorised changes to the website.

I say an employee. It’s quite possible that they’re an ex-employee by now.

At the time of writing, anyone attempting to view Trump and Pence‘s biography pages are greeted with an error message.

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“We’re sorry, this site is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again in a few moments.”

Presumably they’re trying to ensure that only trusted, authorised parties are able to edit the pages – or they’re trying to find the backup where the previous biographies were stored.


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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