“Aqenbpuu.” This is one password that would have been hard to guess — if White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hadn’t given it away first and through a tweet, no less.
On Jan. 25, Spicer tweeted out a jumble of letters, which some quick thinking Twitter users guessed was a password. In fact, a password to his official White House Twitter account.
However, once was not enough. The very next day, Spicer, again, tweeted out yet another string of eight characters.
Before anyone tries to access the White House Press Secretary’s Twitter account, be warned: It is illegal under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Plus, the staff probably already changed his passwords by now.
Both tweets were quickly deleted, but obviously seeing Spicer make the same mistake twice was enough for Twitter users to pounce on him.
Hey @seanspicer you know passwords don't go in the tweets right, buddy? You're as good at twitter as you are telling truth.— Michelle (@SoSofieFatale) January 26, 2017
We cracked the code in Sean Spicer's tweets. pic.twitter.com/6DDWii670h— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) January 26, 2017
So #Mexico cancels meeting, the whole freakin' State Dept resigns, Sean Spicer tweets his own passwords, & Chief of Border Patrol just quit.— Donna McGill (@Cat_5_Cane) January 26, 2017
Some people are claiming Spicer might simply be attempting to log into his Twitter account through the much safer two-factor authentication system and just messed up. Still others are saying he might have been using Cloudhopper, a service that allows users to tweet via SMS and Spicer accidentally replied with his password.
However many people are willing to give Spicer the benefit of the doubt by stating he might have just placed an unlocked phone in his pocket and his butt did the rest of the work for him.
However, if it indeed was his password, a major slip like this would have meant a field day for hackers and it bodes ill for the White House’s cybersecurity.
Trump is always whining about cybersecurity. Perhaps he should start training his own officials on the proper use of technology.
This isn’t the first time Spicer has gone wacko on Twitter.
A few years ago, the press secretary went on an unprompted seven-year Twitter war against the ice cream brand Dippin’ Dots.
we may not have inauguration attendance data yet, but one set of record turnout numbers are in:— ?_? (@MikeIsaac) January 22, 2017
Sean spicer's angry dippin dots twetes pic.twitter.com/KSXlXLLEeB
If Dippin Dots was truly the ice cream of the future they would not have run out of vanilla cc @Nationals— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 7, 2015
OK, Spicer. We hear you.
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