Internet sleuths found Joe Biden’s secret Venmo account in less than 10 minutes and were able to identify it using his friends list, causing a potential national security issue.
Venmo is a mobile payment service owned by PayPal that allows users to transfer money to other users in their contacts list.
An aide recently revealed that Joe Biden, AKA, “The Big Guy,” uses Venmo to send his grandchildren money.
Internet sleuths immediately started searching for Joe Biden’s account by using the app’s features to look for his aides, friends and family.
Within 10 minutes cyber detectives at BuzzFeed News found Biden’s secret Venmo account, causing potential national security issues.
BuzzFeed News found President Joe Biden’s Venmo account after less than 10 minutes of looking for it, revealing a network of his private social connections, a national security issue for the United States, and a major privacy concern for everyone who uses the popular peer-to-peer payments app.
On Friday, following a passing mention in the New York Times that the president had sent his grandchildren money on Venmo, BuzzFeed News searched for the president’s account using only a combination of the app’s built-in search tool and public friends feature. In the process, BuzzFeed News found nearly a dozen Biden family members and mapped out a social web that encompasses not only the first family, but a wide network of people around them, including the president’s children, grandchildren, senior White House officials, and all of their contacts on Venmo.
The president’s transactions are not public, and BuzzFeed News is not identifying the usernames for the accounts mentioned in this story due to national security concerns.
After Biden’s secret account was outed, a Venmo spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: “The safety and privacy of all Venmo users and their information is always a top priority, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Customers always have the ability to make their transactions private and determine their own privacy settings in the app. We’re consistently evolving and strengthening the privacy measures for all Venmo users to continue to provide a safe, secure place to send and spend money.”