Is Hunter Biden’s laptop password really “Hunter02”?

Is Hunter Biden’s laptop password really “Hunter02”?

I don’t know what to make of this story published on The Daily Mail website this weekend, and since repeated by other newspapers.

The headline (which in Daily Mail tradition is typically wordy) reads:

“EXCLUSIVE: National security nightmare of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop containing phone numbers for the Clintons, Secret Service officers and most of the Obama cabinet plus his sex and drug addictions – all secured by the password Hunter02”

It’s the bit about the password which interests me the most. Obviously, if true, “Hunter02” is a very poor choice of password. Particularly for somebody called Hunter.

But what’s bizarre is that there has been a meme all about having “hunter2” as a password, for the best part of 20 years.

Is it possible that somebody is having a joke at the media’s expense, and has duped some non-tech savvy journalists into believing that the son of US Presidential candidate Joe Biden might have used a joke password like “hunter02”?

And if that password makes us raise a doubtful eyebrow, might we be wise to be similarly cautious about other claims made in the article – especially with a contentious US election due to take place tomorrow?

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