Donald Trump’s Twitter password is “maga2020!”, and there’s no 2FA, claims hacker

You don’t need an IQ of 197 to know this is a very bad idea.

Graham Cluley
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Donald Trump's Twitter password is "maga2020!", and there's no 2FA, claims hacker

Last month hackers made the astonishing claim that they had managed to crack Donald Trump’s password back in 2016.

And what was the password used by the then US Presidential Candidate?


Ok. That’s clearly not good at all, but surely by now Donald Trump – who has spent much of his presidency on Twitter – has learnt his lesson?

According to Dutch ethical hacker Victor Gevers, as recently as last week the US President’s @realDonaldTrump account was protected by the incredibly-dumb password “maga2020!” and did not have two-factor authentication (2FA) enabled.

Gevers says that he tried a number of password possibilities before stumbling upon the sadly-rather-pathetic “maga2020!”:

  • !IWillAmericaGreatAgain!
  • MakeAmericaGreatAgain
  • MakeAmericaGreatAgain!
  • Maga2020
  • Maga2020!
  • maga2020!

Gevers shared a screenshot, which appeared to demonstrate he had full access to Donald Trump’s profile.

Gevers says that he attempted to inform Trump, his team, the White House, Twitter, and even the CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency) of the security issue, but received no reply.

At the time of writing, it appears that the password has been changed and 2FA has been (quite rightly) enabled.

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Frankly I’m lost for words, so read the full details about the incident in this report from Vrij Nederland.

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.

One comment on “Donald Trump’s Twitter password is “maga2020!”, and there’s no 2FA, claims hacker”

  1. Alex

    KING ROLAND The combination is (hesitates) one.


    SANDURZ One. (writes)

    ROLAND Two.

    HELMET Two.

    SANDURZ Two. (writes)

    ROLAND Three.

    HELMET Three.

    SANDURZ Three (writes)

    ROLAND Four.

    HELMET Four.

    SANDURZ Four. (writes)

    ROLAND (hesitates) Five.

    HELMET Five.

    SANDURZ Five. (writes)

    HELMET So the combination is one, two, three, four, five. (lifts
    mask) That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life!
    That's the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage.

    … later…

    PRESIDENT SKROOB Great. Now we can take every last breath of fresh
    air from planet Druidia. What's the combination?

    SANDURZ One, two, three, four, five.

    PRESIDENT SKROOB One, two, three, four, five?
    That's amazing. I've got the same combination on my luggage.

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