Early one Wednesday morning, Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President Donald Trump, discovered that his social media account on the platform previously known as Twitter had fallen victim to apparent hacking.
This unauthorized intrusion into his online presence resulted in a series of startling and fictitious statements being disseminated from his compromised account.
One of the most disturbing posts from the hacked account falsely asserted that Donald Trump Sr., the former president, had passed away.
The erroneous message also claimed that Donald Trump Jr. would be entering the 2024 presidential race, a claim that was swiftly refuted when the former president himself later posted an unrelated message on Truth Social, a platform associated with Trump and his supporters.
The misleading announcement about the former president’s death briefly stirred social media and garnered widespread attention. Nevertheless, this was just one facet of the cyberattack.
The hackers behind the breach also used Donald Trump Jr.’s account to post a series of offensive and inappropriate tweets. These included the use of a racial slur and inflammatory remarks about international affairs and domestic regulatory agencies.
One tweet audaciously stated, “When I become president I’m going to burn the SEC,” in reference to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr.’s brother, couldn’t resist adding a touch of humor amidst the chaos. He playfully inquired about the password used to secure his sibling’s account, highlighting the absurdity of the situation.
Fortunately, the compromised tweets from Donald Trump Jr.’s account began to vanish by 9:45 a.m. ET. A spokesperson for the former president, Andrew Surabian, confirmed on Twitter that Don Jr.’s account had indeed been hacked, quelling concerns about his sudden political ambitions and his father’s well-being.
In a bizarre twist, the hacker even took a swipe at WWE star Logan Paul, claiming to have had an affair with Paul’s fiancée, Nina Adgal.