KEY POINTS

  • A security expert hacked into Trump's Twitter account after guessing his password: MAGA2020!
  • The hacker had previously gained access to Trump's social media account using the password "yourefired"
  • Dutch prosecutors would not press charges against the hacker

Dutch authorities have confirmed that a hacker successfully logged into President Donald Trump’s Twitter account by guessing his password: MAGA2020!

Victor Gevers, a 44-year-old security expert, told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that he only made five attempts before successfully hacking Trump’s social media account. The cybersecurity expert claims he had access to the president’s direct messages, private photos and bookmarked tweets. Gevers also said he could have made changes to the president’s profile. 

“I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information,” he told the Dutch publication. 

Gevers, a well-regarded cybersecurity researcher, said he was conducting a sweep of Twitter accounts of candidates in the 2020 U.S. election when he managed to guess Trump’s password. He immediately disclosed the hack, and Trump's password, MAGA2020! The password refers to the president’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

“So, he tries to warn others. Trump’s campaign team, his family. He sends messages via Twitter asking if someone will call Trump’s attention to the fact that his Twitter account is not safe. He tags the CIA, the White House, the FBI, Twitter themselves. No response,” the Dutch newspaper reported. 

Gevers claims the U.S. Secret Service contacted him two days after the hack, to thank him for bringing the security issue to their attention. 

Dutch prosecutors said they would not be pressing charges against the “ethical hacker” after he “responsibly disclosed” his actions. 

The White House denied the report. Twitter also dismissed Gever’s claims that he hacked into Trump’s account. 

“We’ve seen no evidence to corroborate this claim, including from the article published in the Netherlands today. We proactively implemented account security measures for a designated group of high-profile, election-related Twitter accounts in the United States, including federal branches of government,” a Twitter spokesperson said. 

This was not the first time Gevers gained access to Trump’s Twitter account. In 2016, the cybersecurity expert claimed he and two accomplices successfully hacked the president’s account after guessing his password, which, at the time, was “yourefired,” Gevers told VN News. That password refers to a much-mimicked catchphrase from Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice.” President Donald Trump U.S. President Donald Trump is pictured. Photo: AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS