- GETTR, founded by former Trump aide Jason Miller, was hacked on the day of its official launch.
- The accounts of Miller, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Mike Pompeo, and other Trump allies were targeted.
- A man claiming responsibility told Insider the hack was “easy” to pull off.
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GETTR, the new social media platform set up by allies of former President Donald Trump, was been hacked on the day of its July 4 launch.
The platform’s most popular verified users, mostly former Trump aides, had their accounts compromised. GETTR’s official support page was also targeted.
Jason Miller, who founded the platform and was formerly a spokesperson to Trump, had his page taken over.
All of these account’s profiles were changed to show the same message: “@JubaBaghdad was here 🙂 ^^ free palestine ^^.”
The accounts were first hacked at around 8:30 a.m. EST, and the majority of the profiles returned to their previous state by 10:00 a.m. EST.
Insider spoke to the user @JubaBaghdad, who claimed responsibility for the hack, via Twitter direct message.
When asked why he decided to target the social media platform, he said it was “just for fun” and that it had been “easy” from a technical standpoint.
“They should not publish the website before making sure everything, or at least almost everything, is secure,” he added. He did not disclose how he took control of the accounts.”
Miller, GETTR’s CEO, told Insider: “You know you’re shaking things up when they come after you. The problem was detected and sealed in a matter of minutes, and all the intruder was able to accomplish was to change a few user names. The situation has been rectified and we’ve already had more than half a million users sign up for our exciting new platform!”
The platform is off to a bumpy start more broadly.
GETTR was flooded with pornographic images and GIFs on Saturday, Insider reported. Users spammed the platform’s first post with graphic hentai videos and images of Hillary Clinton’s face photoshopped onto a woman’s naked body, Mother Jones reported.