Donald Trump has been attacking traditional media outlets, known as “failing” by the president, on Twitter since he became a candidate, but there is no denying that cyberattacks can be more damaging to a presidential reputation. The administration said it was aware of the hack and was exploring how to handle it.
A claim on the website 4chan, the forum notorious for its prankster brand of humor, said hackers were able to access the data of 35,000 users on the official Trump Hotels social media account, which belongs to the company. The president has 13.5 million Twitter followers and 5.8 million Facebook fans.
This comes less than a week after it was reported that the social media presence of the White House was hacked, allowing hackers to post critical commentary about the president, the first lady and the military. White House officials later confirmed that the Twitter and Facebook accounts of the White House had been breached, saying “trusted external vendor” employees had notified the government of the hack, NBC News reported.
This is what the hackers posted on Trump’s account on the evening of June 5:
BREAKING: Exclusive look inside the Trumps’ life inside the White House. Your Prez has it all. https://t.co/ro6TSQv1fI pic.twitter.com/3PQaUjTNiX — 8News NOW (@8NewsNOW) June 6, 2017
Washington sources said the posts may have been removed, because the Trump transition team had them take them down and hand them to law enforcement.
Shortly after the posts were made, they were shared on a Twitter account belonging to Ms. Armstrong, the former Alaska governor, and shared by Mr. Trump on his personal Twitter account and later deleted.
“It’s a false claim that the tweets were taken down and it has all been taken down,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “But we have been in touch with law enforcement and they are aware of the claims.”
The claim about the hack can be read in the thread below.