Donald Trump son's X account hacked, hackers falsely announce Trump's demise
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the social media account belonging to Donald Trump Jr., hosted on the platform formerly known as Twitter (referred to here as "X"), fell victim to a hacking incident. This breach led to a stream of offensive tweets and a fabricated announcement of his father's demise, causing a ripple effect of astonishment across the digital landscape.
The breach commenced with an initial tweet at 8:25 a.m. from Don Jr.'s account, falsely asserting, "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my father, Donald Trump. I intend to run for the presidency in 2024." This startling proclamation was swiftly succeeded by a deluge of conspicuously unauthorized posts.
The erroneous report of Donald Trump's demise triggered instant skepticism and bewilderment among users, leading to widespread speculation about the potential compromise of Don Jr.'s account. Twitter users swiftly propelled the term "Hacked" to the top of trending topics, as they engaged in discussions about the unfolding situation.
Nonetheless, in order to definitively establish his well-being, former President Donald Trump personally dispatched an unrelated message on his self-owned social media platform, Truth Social, at 8:46 a.m., over half an hour following the spurious death announcement.
The initial report of the hack came from Raheem Kasam of The National Pulse, and this revelation was subsequently verified by Donald Trump Jr.'s team. The untrue news of the former president's passing was promptly debunked and discredited.
In addition to the counterfeit death announcement, the compromised tweets contained derogatory remarks aimed at X's owner, Elon Musk, and featured offensive language directed at President Joe Biden. One particularly troubling tweet even included racist language, raising the possibility of a breach of X's terms of service and the potential for actions to be taken against the hacked account.