CYBER SECURITY: Trump 2020 Campaign App Vulnerable to Attack
The Security Research Team at Website Planet have identified a major security vulnerability in US President Donald Trump’s mobile campaign app. The team, led by leading cybersecurity analysts Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, discovered the keys to various parts of the app, including its Twitter API.
The re-election app exposed the information below in the Android APK file:
Twitter Application keys
Google apps key
Google maps key
Branch.io (mobile analytics) keys
The “Official Trump 2020” app was developed for President Trump’s re-election campaign, available for download on iOS and Android. The app’s code revealed keys and secrets, similar to usernames and passwords, that gave access to different parts of the app, such as its Twitter API.
While the exposed keys allowed access to many parts of the app, we concluded in our investigation that user accounts remained inaccessible through this vulnerability. We did not attempt to access any user accounts on the app, as we felt the initial vulnerability was sufficient to alert the Trump campaign.
The Team concluded that an attacker would still need two additional keys (not exposed) to access any user account, including, potentially, President Trump’s. However, a malicious actor could still use the keys to impersonate the app, and much worse. For example, using the branch.io keys, hackers could potentially access app user and usage data. More on this story