Oops, They Hacked Twitter Again!

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News Posted: Mon, Jan 5 2009 3:26 PM

Oops, they hacked Twitter again.  Yep, in a breach totally separate from the phishing scam from last weekend, Twitter has been hacked.  And not just any account, either.  We're talking about the accounts of none other than the President-elect (which had been idle since the election), Britney Spears, Fox News, and a lot more.

In total, according to Twitter, 33 high-profile accounts were hacked.  The explanation?  Support tools that are supposed to be used in case a user forgets a password or some other dire emergency were hacked into.

What Happened?



The issue with these 33 accounts is different from the Phishing scam aimed at Twitter users this weekend. These accounts were compromised by an individual who hacked into some of the tools our support team uses to help people do things like edit the email address associated with their Twitter account when they can't remember or get stuck. We considered this a very serious breach of security and immediately took the support tools offline. We'll put them back only when they're safe and secure.

For those interested, the Britney hack is shown below (via TechCrunch), carefully edited to remove non-family friendly text.  Obama was hacked with a spam message, less, uh, interesting than the below.





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lmao.

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Kiristo replied on Mon, Jan 5 2009 7:07 PM

That's pretty funny. I wonder if any of them used the same password as their e-mail accounts and those were then hacked as well.

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