JIM COOKE
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How Easy Is It to Hack Mar-a-Lago?

Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago. We Tested It.

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Gizmodo sent three reporters to see how secure Mar-a-lago was from being hacked. Turns out, not very.

Two weeks ago, on a sparkling spring morning, we went trawling along Florida’s coastal waterway. But not for fish.

We parked a 17-foot motor boat in a lagoon about 800 feet from the back lawn of the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, and pointed a two-foot wireless antenna that resembled a potato gun toward the club. Within a minute, we spotted three weakly encrypted Wi-Fi networks. We could have hacked them in less than five minutes, but we refrained.

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