We are already aware of the potential scandal with government officials using outside email systems following the hack of private e-mail servers of Hillary Clinton and George W.Bush, the choice of using private, non-government email address by President Donald Trump has raised concerns about the security of the White House’s closely watched account.
Now, it seems the new American President’s Twitter account could easily be hacked due to security blunders that we are seeing now with the most powerful Twitter account in the world.
Days after the inaugural event President Donald Trump was still using his old, insecure Android smartphone. To gain control of the official @POTUS Twitter account, which even may or may not be secured with a two-factor authentication, all an attacker needs to do is hack or gain access to his private email address associated with the account, which almost controls the password reset process.
Hacker @WauchulaGhost, who discovered this issue also reported similar weakness in the email linked to the First Lady Melaina Trump, @FLOTUS and Vice-President Mike Pence, @VP, said CNN.
WauchulaGhost, who took down more than 500 ISIS Twitter accounts in the past, said he would not hack the @POTUS Twitter account or Twitter accounts of other White House officials; instead, he just wanted to issue a warning to upgrade the security of these accounts.
Fortunately, all those Twitter accounts were switched over to the White House affiliated private email clients by just yesterday morning, but so far only Trump’s personal Twitter account is apparently protected by two-factor verification, which requires user to enter a one-time passcode sent to their phone.
However, Trump’s personal Twitter account still involves some substantial information security risks, since he is still using the insecure device, reportedly his old Android smartphone to post messages from the White House, according to numerous reports quoting unnamed White House sources, which could allow malicious hackers to gain access to the account through his phone itself.
Also Trump Press Secretary May Have Just Tweeted His Password, and Twice!
Another example of security blunders came yesterday when Press Secretary Sean Spicer believed to have tweeted his own Twitter password — particular combination of letters and numbers (n9y25ah7) — by mistake.
And since the email address used for the Spicer’s Twitter account (@PressSec) was already known, it would have taken just a few seconds to log into it.
Overall, it is not a good start for the nascent Trump administration as far as cyber security is concerned. And if this continues, the new president will be the next target for hackers!