[Swiftwater Gazette] Trump's twitter account security disaster waiting to happen
kroposki at att.net
Sat Jan 14 05:19:08 EST 2017
On Saturday, January 14, 2017 5:18 AM, Ed kroposki <kroposki at att.net> wrote:
Donald Trump’s Twitter Account Is A Security Disaster Waiting To Happen. With no known special security protections, @realDonaldTrump could be exploited for financial gain, to cause geopolitical instability, or worse.https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/donald-trumps-twitter-account-is-a-security-disaster-waiting?utm_term=.whnV36X54#.ygz2bBQRy
Excerpt: And yet Trump’s newfound influence — combined with the unpredictability of his tweets — makes the president-elect’s account a particularly tempting target for hackers.
That’s especially true because there is a large fortune that could be made in a single 140-character message. If someone were able to gain access to Trump’s Twitter, they could tweet approvingly or disapprovingly about a company (as Trump has done) and play the stock market accordingly — or cause others to do so. A market-tracking app called Trigger has already set up an alert that responds whenever Trump tweets about publicly traded companies.
If the hacker were geopolitically motivated, they could tweet favorably or unfavorably about a country or a leader (as Trump has done) and alter foreign affairs. Or if the hacker had a grudge, they could call their enemy out in a tweet (as Trump has done) and unleash the rage of Trump’s nearly 19 million followers. Plus, who knows what’s in Trump’s DMs? (I don't know. If this is accurate, it could be a security threat like Hillary's home server. ~Bob)
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