Monday, January 05, 2009

Twitter Hacked!

Image representing Twitter as depicted in Crun...Image via CrunchBaseFollowing on from the phishing incident that started this weekend on Twitter, another issue has surfaced today with several accounts being hacked. This morning 33 Twitter accounts including well known users like Barack Obama, Britney Spears and others were hacked by an individual . The messages have now been removed but there's a Flickr set available displaying several of the tweets that were submitted on the accounts.

Twitter statement:
This morning we discovered 33 Twitter accounts had been "hacked" including prominent Twitter-ers like Rick Sanchez and Barack Obama (who has not been Twittering since becoming the president elect due to transition issues). We immediately locked down the accounts and investigated the issue. Rick, Barack, and others are now back in control of their accounts.

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.
Not a great start to 2009 and as TechCrunch state Twitter is not yet ready for prime time...

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