Bad Twitter day: Spicer tweets ‘his password,’ Trump caught using Gmail for POTUS handle
Donald Trump was busted by security-savvy users, who uncovered that his POTUS handle was linked to an ordinary Gmail account with no two-step verification. As anyone can view part of the email used in the default Twitter password recovery menu, several screenshots were shared Thursday alleging the email linked to POTUS was email@example.com.
Seven days! SEVEN DAYS, they've had the President's Twitter account attached to a PERSONAL E-MAIL ADDRESS.— Alex Zalben (@azalben) January 26, 2017
After the news had spread across social media, the email addresses associated with the president, vice president and first lady had all been changed from Gmail to the secure White House email addresses.
.@azalben Update: The addresses have been changed! No more Gmail. (But Potus & Flotus still missing the extra security step.)— Aimee Rawlins (@aimeerawlins) January 26, 2017
Earlier this week, CNN reported it had gotten in touch with Trump’s head of social media, Dan Scanvino, after it had been warned by a hacker known as WauchulaGhost that Twitter handles connected to the new administration had security vulnerabilities due to a lack of two-step verification.
😂 I Just discovered that everything I wrote to Obama as @POTUS now looks like I wrote it to Trump! Hope he changed the password...— mariska barsi (@MariskaBarsi) January 25, 2017
In a separate blunder, Spicer found himself at the center of a Twitterstorm after he sent a series of jumbled tweets.
This gaffe was particularly poorly timed given the White House’s agenda for the day, as outlined on Wednesday by President Trump on Twitter.
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Tongue-in-cheek speculation online has been rife with theories ranging from a simple internet faux pas (accidentally tweeting your password) to something potentially apocalyptic, such as accidentally tweeting the country’s nuclear launch codes.
I think what happened is he was texted a 2FA code by Twitter, and accidentally pasted his real password in and replied pic.twitter.com/8TUS5qrrGY— Alex Hern (@alexhern) January 26, 2017
Others online were quick to point out that this is the second time in two days that Spicer has tweeted such cryptic messages.
This led one netizen to claim Spicer's mysterious tweets are in fact a cry for help.