Donald Trump has been branded "dangerously incompetent" after a researcher guessed his Twitter password – "maga2020!" – for the second time.
Dutch researcher Victor Gevers last week gained access to the US president’s messages and could post tweets to his 87m followers in his name and change his profile, De Volkskrant newspaper reported.
Andreas Theodorou, 26, privacy researcher at ProPrivacy, said: "For the President of the United States to use such a weak password is, not simply an embarrassment, it is clearly dangerously incompetent.
"Given the President’s near-constant activity on Twitter, his 87 million followers and the sheer power that he holds as the leader of the free world, Trump’s 'maga2020!' password is incomprehensibly dangerous. In fact any other year, I would be inclided to believe that this was Fake News.
"A password this laughably obvious would have made it entirely possible for a person to hack into his account and declare (fake) war.
"The consequences of having such a weak password could have very easily been someone’s life (if not thousands of lives). Government intelligence agencies should take steps to thoroughly secure the President’s personal digital accounts at once – before some serious diplomatic damage is done."
Mr Gevers guessed Trump’s “yourefired” password with two others in 2016.
The security expert tried “maga2020!” – after the president's campaign slogan Make American Great Again – on his fifth attempt.
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He said: “I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts. Or at least would be asked to provide additional information."
It suggests the president was not using basic security measures like two-step verification.
Mr Gevers reportedly received no response from Trump's campaign team, his family, CIA, the White House, the FBI, Twitter themselves when he warned them he had hacked the account.
He noticed that two-step verification had been activated on Trump’s account a day later.
The Secret Service then got in touch and reporteldy thanked him for bringing the security problem to their attention.
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