Recently, Twitter suffered a massive hack and various leading figure’s Twitter accounts were hacked, but Donald Trump’s account was unaffected. Why?
Twitter recently suffered one of the worst security breaches in its history, Twitter says 130 accounts were targeted in a major cyber-attack of celebrity accounts. Various accounts of famous figures from politics, entertainment, and technology, were compromised before a massive hack on Twitter. Barack Obama, Apple, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Kanye West were some of those affected.
The cyber-attack consisted of scamming the followers of these accounts to steal bitcoins, under the false promise of doubling the amount as an aid in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The affected accounts quickly caught on, but many users fell into the hacker trap. This situation led Twitter to freeze verified accounts, making it impossible for them to post or change their password.
Why Donald Trump account was not hacked?
Although various political figures were affected by mass hacking, Donald Trump had no consequence.
Barack Obama, on the other hand, was part of this hack with his 120 million followers and Donald Trump, with 83 million, did not publish any message related to the hack.
The reason that the Trump account was unaffected from the cyber-attack does not have to do with the fact that he is the president of the United States.
According to a report by The New York Times, the Trump account has additional protections and security measures that Twitter implemented long after he was sworn in as president due to incidents related to the account.
One of those suspected incidents is the one that occurred on November 2, 2017, when a former Twitter employee completely deactivated the Trump account, during his last day of work on the social network.
That led Twitter to limit the number of employees who have access to the account of the US president in the control panel, in addition to implementing “new security measures” to prevent something like this from happening again.
Twitter claims that the hack was with its own tools
According to the social network, the mass hacking on Twitter is still under investigation, but everything seems to indicate that the hack could be orchestrated thanks to the company’s own tools that would have been granted by some of Twitter’s employees.
“We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal tools and systems,” said Twitter.