Yesterday was an intense day in the world of Twitter, a content network that had many security and stability problems in the past, but that apparently had been solved. Yesterday we saw that no, when the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk and Bill Gates, among others, were hacked to sell bitcoin scams.
The funny thing is that Donald Trump, one of the most read and followed Twitter users, was not affected, and there seems to be a logical explanation.
According to the NYT, Twitter has put additional protections in place for your account, as there were past incidents that forced you to take such action. The Trump account is not like the others, and it all started in 2017.
On November 2, 2017, a dishonest employee deactivated Trump’s account on his last day at the company, a protest action that did not have much effect, as Trump’s account returned to Twitter 11 minutes later.
A day after the deactivation, Twitter said it had implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again, but apparently it only did so on the president’s account, not the rest.
The Wall Street Journal reported at the time that Twitter had already limited the number of employees who could access Trump’s account after his takeover, and since yesterday’s hacking problem was due to misuse of an internal tool It seems that Trump was above his means.
The case is still being investigated, but there is already data that indicates that an employee received money, a social engineering attack and other details that little by little will come to light (now the FBI is involved).