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Twitter CEO's hacked account sends racist tweets before being secured

Stock MarketsAug 30, 2019 08:08PM ET
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© Reuters. Message from Twitter communications department confirming the hacking of founder and CEO Jack Dorsey's account is seen in Washington

By Elizabeth Culliford

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The account of Twitter Inc (N:TWTR) Chief Executive Jack Dorsey was hacked on Friday afternoon, sending public tweets and retweets including racial slurs and curse words to 4 million followers before Twitter secured the account.

Twitter acknowledged the hack and said it was investigating. It later tweeted that Dorsey's account was secure and there was no indication that Twitter's systems had been compromised.

One of the tweets claimed Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was innocent, while others contained racist comments about black people and Jews. There was also a tweet suggesting there was a bomb at Twitter's headquarters.

The account posted a hashtag that was used during the apparent hacks of several YouTube stars last week.

The hack underscored potential vulnerabilities in the social media platform, which is widely used by world leaders and politicians, including U.S. President Donald Trump. It comes at a time when social media companies are facing scrutiny over management of their networks, privacy issues and security of user data.

The offensive tweets and retweets were deleted less than an hour after the incident. Some Twitter accounts named in the compromised tweets and retweets appeared suspended on Friday.

Screenshots of the tweets appeared to show they were sent through Cloudhopper, a mobile text messaging service that Twitter acquired in 2010. Twitter did not immediately respond when asked to confirm if the hack took place via Cloudhopper.

Security researcher Brian Krebs said it appeared that Dorsey was the victim of a SIM swapping attack, when a mobile provider is tricked or otherwise convinced to transfer a victim's phone number to a SIM card controlled by someone else.

The Friday incident was not the first time that Dorsey's Twitter account has been hacked: his account was compromised in 2016 by a group that also hacked the Twitter accounts of Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Twitter shares were down less than 1% in after-hours trade following the hack.

Twitter CEO's hacked account sends racist tweets before being secured
 

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William Ormsby
William Ormsby Aug 30, 2019 6:35PM ET
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he wrote that stuff while on drugs now he claims he was hacked. Riiight.
Maff Uw
Maff Uw Aug 30, 2019 6:35PM ET
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On the same stuff as Mr Hanky me thinks
Knut Wicksell
KnutWicksell Aug 30, 2019 6:25PM ET
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Somebody got all his dicpics
Knut Wicksell
KnutWicksell Aug 30, 2019 6:22PM ET
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Lol! Sweet justice
Seow Khaiwen
Seow Khaiwen Aug 30, 2019 6:17PM ET
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for you to say the ceos are useless, u must be pretty confident in urself
Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo Aug 30, 2019 5:46PM ET
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The message the universe is sending is very clear, at one point we will not be able to believe in info from the internet, news or public bulletins, starting here. Very soon.
Atleast Max
Atleast Aug 30, 2019 5:46PM ET
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all tweets are conversation to disrupt peace
Bill Something
Bill Something Aug 30, 2019 5:19PM ET
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So deflection, got it.
Bade Sahib
Bade Sahib Aug 30, 2019 5:13PM ET
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U folks are missing the whole point . All these so called High Texh Co’s are actually useless
Ji Go
Ji Go Aug 30, 2019 5:10PM ET
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Note to Jack: Password123 is not a strong password.
Harry Drew
Harry Drew Aug 30, 2019 5:06PM ET
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This however, is where we are headed regardless. Obviously the tweets are true no matter where they came from. If this person gets caught, it will be a life sentence. So let's see if it was worth it.
Elephan Mann
Elephan Mann Aug 30, 2019 5:06PM ET
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lmao, a life sentence for hacking a Twitter account? Where do you live, Iran?
Al Vlaj
alvlaj Aug 30, 2019 4:58PM ET
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What next? Trump’s account hacked sends racist tweets? Oh, wait. Nevermind. Trump sent those himself...
Gabriel Evans
Gabriel Evans Aug 30, 2019 4:58PM ET
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the fact you don't even use your real name, but a pseudonym tells us all there is to know about your level of courage.
Al Vlaj
alvlaj Aug 30, 2019 4:58PM ET
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Elephan Mann ironically, i have never voted for a democrat in my life. As a fiscally conservative libertarian, i am for the legalization of all guns and drugs. I believe in zero income taxation, zero social security and zero welfare.
Al Vlaj
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Elephan Mann your guy wavers on the second amendment, is FOR income taxation, against free trade, for social security and medicare. Oh, a make no mistake is a racist. But your guy’s more liberal than me, except the racism part.
Isidro Fernandez
Isidro Fernandez Aug 30, 2019 4:54PM ET
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if that's the CEO account , what do you expect for everyone else?
 
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