Donald Trump Jr.’s X account was hacked, and a hacker published a post saying that Former American President Donald Trump had passed away.
On Wednesday, Ex-President Donald Trump’s spokesman said that Donald Trump Jr.’s account on X, the new name of Twitter, had been hacked, and the hacker posted some weird and unauthentic posts.
The messages were posted in a burst at about 8:25 a.m. ET, and it took half an hour for them to be removed and the account restored. Although many users were quick to point out that the messages were fake, provocative words from well-known political personalities can be dangerous.
Andrew Surabian posted on X that Donald Trump Jr.’s account had been hacked, and he also said that a post saying Donald Trump died was “obviously not true.”
In addition to fraudulently announcing the death of former President Trump, the hijacked account stated that Donald Trump Jr. would run for president. In a short time, news goes viral, and millions of times, news is viewed and retweeted.
Another message purported to threaten North Korea, while a pinned post on the account’s profile insulted President Joe Biden with an insulting phrase. And after some time, the viral post had been removed from X
On Wednesday morning, his brother, Eric Trump, tweeted in a funny way, What was Donald Trump Jr.’s account password? Don2024?
The hack came just weeks after Donald Trump’s X account returned after his arrest in Fulton County, Georgia. Although his account was blocked in January 2021 following his followers’ takeover of the Capitol, Musk put it back up in November 2022.
On August 24, Donald Trump posted on X with slogans such as ELECTION INTERFERENCE and NEVER SURRENDER!
Question on X after Donald Trump Jr.’s account Hacked
As the platform prepares for the 2024 elections, the incident highlights new issues about X’s role in protecting user accounts, particularly those associated with high-profile political personalities.
In August, X announced that it was expanding its safety and election teams following significant layoffs last year that, according to owner Elon Musk, resulted in the removal of more than 80% of the company’s employees.
It’s also unclear whether the attack allowed unauthorized access to Trump Jr.’s private direct messages or whether Trump Jr. had two-factor authentication set on his account.
The US Federal Trade Commission is still investigating X’s ability to adequately protect user privacy and if it may have broken contractual agreements it made in 2011 to secure the platform.
This is not the first time that prominent accounts on the network have been hacked. In 2020, for example, hackers posing as Twitter’s IT support took control of accounts belonging to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, former U.S. President Barack Obama, and others, including Biden and Musk himself. Twitter said at the time that the hackers had downloaded account data, which might have included private communications.
Earlier this week, X was in the spotlight as the owner of X, Elon Musk, stated that he would charge X users a fee to minimize the number of fake users on the site.