President-elect Donald Trump announced on Monday that he will continue to use his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account when he becomes president. He made this decision because his account has millions of more followers than the @Potus account currently used by President Obama.
According to a report published by Fox News, cyber security experts says hackers could “wreak havoc from the White House” if they gain access to Trump’s existing account.
From Fox News:
Attackers are likely already eyeing the @realDonaldTrump account, according to experts. “I think there will be people that will do their best to try to hack his account,” social media expert and President of JRM Comm Jason Mollica, told FoxNews.com. “It would not surprise me in the least to see people try to hack him – his team at the White House will have to be very vigilant to make sure that that doesn’t happen on their watch.”
“Hackers could cause major scandals or major international issues if they simply posted a message,” added Evan Blair, co-founder and chief business officer of social media cybersecurity company ZeroFOX. “If the account were ever to be compromised, we could have military tensions flare up, we could have civil unrest.”
Blair told FoxNews.com that something as simple as Trump clicking on a link in a Twitter feed via his Android phone could potentially open the door to hackers. “All you need is one click,” he said. “If he clicks on a malicious link, it could put malware on his phone.”
Blair thinks Trump’s team could use specialist management software to keep his Twitter account locked down, ensuring that only tweets from a specific device are allowed. The software could also harness multi-factor authentication and even use location-based security controls, according to Blair.
Trump’s Twitter account has more than 20 million followers. Thus, the power of Donald Trump’s reach when tweeting comments cannot be overlooked. For example, after Donald Trump tweeted that he would impose a “big border tax” on General Motors for selling the Mexican-made Chevy Cruze in the United States, Ford cancelled a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico and announced they would make a large investment into a plant in Michigan. Then there is the tweet from last month when Trump put out a message criticizing Boeing for the cost of building a new Air Force One — shares of the company’s stock fell $2 before markets opened the next day. The concern is what happens is a hacker takes control and sends out a tweet that puts American lives in danger.
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
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