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
@gcluley

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?

“yourefired”

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.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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

  1. KING ROLAND The combination is (hesitates) one.

    DARK HELMET 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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