Dutch Prosecutors Will Not Prosecute Ethical Hacker Who Logged Into Trump’s Twitter Account

Dutch authorities announced that they will not prosecute Victor Gevers for hacking Donald Trump’s Twitter account last October.

Dutch authorities announced that they will not prosecute Victor Gevers for hacking Donald Trump’s Twitter account last October.

“We believe the hacker has actually penetrated Trump’s Twitter account but has met the criteria that have been developed in case law to go free as an ethical hacker,” said the Dutch public prosecutor’s office.

Prosecutors explained that despite being a criminal offense in the Netherlands, there are circumstances where perpetrators will not be punished for their actions.

For Gevers, he met the “responsible disclosure” conditions by trying to report his actions to American authorities and alert them about the account’s vulnerability.

Upon entering the account, Gevers shared screenshots of the inside of Trump’s account on 22 October with the US authorities, along with his findings on the matter.

“The hacker released the login himself. He later stated to police that he had investigated the strength of the password because there were major interests involved if this Twitter account could be taken over so shortly before the presidential election,” said the Dutch Police during the initial investigation.

After the verdict, neither the Dutch authorities nor the US Secret Service will be taking legal action against Gevers.


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