The Twitter account of Donald Trump Jr., the son of former US President Donald Trump Jr., was allegedly hacked, with a series of offensive posts, including one claiming that his father Donald Trump had passed away.
False Posts on the Account
“I’m sad to announce, my father Donald Trump has passed away,” the post read. “I will be running for president in 2024.” Andrew Surabian, a spokesperson for Trump, said in a post on X that the claim was false and that Trump Jr.’s account had been hacked.
The account also posted a string of other strange posts, including one saying, “This just in: North Korea is about to get smoked,” while another said, “When I become president I’m going to burn the SEC,” referring to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The posts remained on the platform for about 30 minutes before being deleted. It is unclear whether X deleted the post or if Trump Jr. ‘s team regained access to the account and removed it.
Not the First of Its Kind
The hijacking of Trump Jr.’s account is one of the more high-profile security incidents since Elon Musk took the reins of the company in October 2022. The security of the platform has been discussed. Last year, Twitter suffered a massive data breach that exposed its customers’ emails and phone numbers, which is estimated to have affected as many as 5.4 million users.The data was obtained by exploiting a now-fixed vulnerability in the popular social media platform. The threat offered to sell the stolen data on Breached Forums, a popular hacking forum. It can be seen that network security is still a very important issue, and protecting user data is the responsibility of all platforms.