Obama's Twitter Account Hacked
Karenke4 | January 5, 2009 at 05:38 pmby
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Following a weekend of spamming attacks, the micro blogging company Twitter was faced with further hacking on celebrity status Twitter-ers including Barack Obama and Britney Spears.
On Monday, fake updates were made to several accounts, including obscene references to body parts and mentions of illicit drug use. Shortly after the fraudulent updates were posted, either account owners or Twitter intervened and deleted them.
The company said the accounts were compromised by a malicious hacker who infiltrated the set of tools used by Twitter’s support team to recover passwords and edit e-mail addresses associated with user accounts.
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.
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