Trump’s Cybersecurity Advisor Rudy Giuliani Thinks His Twitter Was Hacked Because Someone Took Advantage of His Typo

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Rudy Giuliani, who was named President Trump’s cybersecurity advisor last year, demonstrated on Tuesday that he does not understand how Twitter works...or hyperlinks...or domain registration.

Giuliani tweeted that Twitter had allowed someone to “invade” a tweet he sent on November 30, because that tweet linked to a website with the words “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.”

However, the reason the text linked to the site was due to a typo in Giuliani’s original tweet. He forgot to include a space after the period of “G-20,” and the next word “in” happens to be the top-level domain for India. Shortly after, an anonymous (and quick-thinking) user bought the domain, according to WhoIs records.

This individual then launched the site with the anti-Trump message:

But rather than recognizing this rather clever own, Giuliani has instead blamed Twitter, claiming the site is run by “committed cardcarrying anti-Trumpers.”

Just to reiterate, this is from the man who led the cybersecurity working group for Trump’s transition team and is, the last we heard, the president’s cybersecurity advisor (as well as his personal lawyer). Yet he seems to believe his tweet’s link is actually the result of some kind of Twitter-facilitated hack, rather than a typo.

4rch on December 6th, 2018 at 16:34 UTC »

If anyone wants to give me a job for a lot of money to make poor decisions (I can be convinced to make good decisions for even more money), let me know. One time a company paid me $150 an hour to go to each employee in the office and satellite office, and have them write down their username and password on a legal notepad.

The reason? CEO read about a Russian malware in the news and wanted to have all his employees usernames and passwords in his filing cabinet, so he could "shut it down at the source" if one of his employees computers get infected. He chose a physical format so the Russians wouldn't "hack the files"

I tried mentioning he could pay me $150 hour to setup anti-malware on his employee's PCs. But nope, I was obviously just trying to upsell him. And that's the story of how I made $1,200 by writing people's usernames and passwords on a piece of paper for the CEO of a major transportation company in the Northeast.

Edit: This has gotten a lot of attention, so without furth ado, here are a few of the passwords (some of them had the company name so I'm not sharing them, but theyve since moved to more robust security policies):

BLONDIE angel1729 Work789 hunter$ disney bike1 Night632

I'll never forget this other person who I tried giving an analogy to, saying having a lot of computer programs open is like having a cluttered desk, it's slower to find things. Well she took that quite literally, cause after about 30 seconds of silence wondering if she hung up, and hearing paper ruffling in the background she says "I moved the papers and cleaned my desk like you asked but my computer is still slow, I need to talk to someone else this isn't working."...I don't do analogies anymore.

...or that time I told someone I'll monitor the issue for any updates and he replied, "no thats alright, I have a laptop so I don't need a monitor, thanks though!"

Granted, the above stories were of users, not CEOs of $100m+ companies.

Im_Currently_Pooping on December 6th, 2018 at 15:37 UTC »

Why the hell is Giuliani a fucking cybersecurity advisor anyway?!

score_ on December 6th, 2018 at 15:17 UTC »

Reminds me of when my dad updated his phone and lost some of his data, and thought that Apple personally stole his music and photos.