Journalists claimed on Friday they found President Joe Biden‘s “secret” Venmo account after only a brief search, saying the ease of access presents a “major privacy concern for everyone” using the money exchanging platform.
Buzzfeed reported on the existence of the account following a report in the New York Timesthat mentioned Biden sent his grandchildren money on Venmo.
During the search, “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 report said.
The article noted the “president’s transactions are not public,” adding the journalists would not reveal the identifying usernames for the accounts mentioned in the report due to “national security concerns.”
Shortly after the White House was notified that Biden’s profile and other related accounts were visible to the public, all the friends on Biden’s Venmo account had been removed, the report added.
It would not be the first time an elected official’s Venmo account was found to be easily accessible to the public. Reporters discovered in April the existence of Venmo accounts tied to Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and his associate Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector who has admitted to paying an underage girl to have sex with him as well as other men.
Greenberg, who court documents on Friday show is ready to cooperate with federal investigators, reportedly used the account to pay three young women for “tuition” and “school,” although these accounts appeared to have more public visibility and showed transactions.
Additionally, former President Donald Trump‘s White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, had a personal Venmo account that was discovered by the public in February 2017.
Another potential security risk was discovered in January in relation to the president’s technology, when the New York Timesreported Biden’s Peloton bike, which features a built-in camera and microphone, could potentially be a security and privacy risk.