According to President Trump speaking at a campaign event in Tucson, Arizona on Monday, “no one gets hacked.” You don’t need someone on security day in and day out to call bullshit about this.
“Nobody gets hacked. To get hacked you need someone with 197 IQ and they need about 15% of your password, “said Trump, referring to the recent suspension of C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully, who falsely admitted that his account Twitter was hacked this week after tweeting former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
There is a lot to unravel in those two dozen words. But aside from the fact that not all hackers are male (and it’s sexist to assume that), and ignoring the two completely conflicting phrases, Trump also neglected to mention that his hotel chain was hacked twice, once in. span of one year 2014 and 2015 and again between 2016 and 2017.
We know this because the Trump company was legally required to notify state regulators after each breach, which they did.
In both incidents, Trump’s hotel guests’ credit card information was stolen. The second breach was attributed to a third-party booking system, called Saber, which also exposed guest names, emails, phone numbers, and more.
The revelations did not say how many people were affected. Suffice it to say it was “nobody”.
A Trump campaign spokesperson did not return a request for comment.
It’s easy to ignore what might be considered a throwaway line: saying “no one gets hacked” might seem harmless at first glance, but saying so is dangerous. It is as bad as saying that something is “inhackable” or “hack-proof”. Ask anyone who works in cybersecurity and they will tell you that no person or company can ever provide such guarantees.
Absolute security does not exist. But for those who don’t know the difference, it’s an excuse not to think about their own safety. Yes, you should use a password manager. Absolutely enable two-factor authentication whenever you can. Do the basics, because hackers don’t need an IQ score of 197 to get into your accounts. All they need is for you to let your guard down.
If “no one gets hacked” as Trump claims, one wonders what happened to the 400-pound hacker the president mentioned during his first run to the White House.