SAN FRANCISCO: The account of Twitter Chief Government Jack Dorsey was hacked on Friday afternoon, sending public tweets and retweets together with racial slurs and curse phrases to four million followers earlier than Twitter secured the account.
The social media firm, co-founded by Dorsey, stated the telephone quantity related along with his account was compromised as a consequence of a safety oversight by the cell supplier.
“This allowed an unauthorized particular person to compose and ship tweets through textual content message from the telephone quantity. That subject is now resolved,” the corporate stated, including individually that there was no indication that Twitter’s methods had been compromised.
One of many tweets from the hacked account stated Nazi chief Adolf Hitler was harmless, whereas others contained derogatory feedback about black individuals and Jews. There was additionally a tweet suggesting there was a bomb at Twitter’s headquarters.
The account posted a hashtag that was used throughout the obvious hacks of a number of YouTube stars final week.
The hack underscored potential vulnerabilities within the social media platform, which is extensively utilized by world leaders and politicians, together with U.S. President Donald Trump. It comes at a time when social media firms are dealing with scrutiny over administration of their networks, privateness points and safety of person information.
The offensive tweets and retweets had been deleted lower than an hour after the incident. Some Twitter accounts named within the compromised tweets and retweets appeared suspended on Friday.
Screenshots of the tweets appeared to indicate they had been despatched by way of Cloudhopper, a cell textual content messaging service that Twitter acquired in 2010. Twitter didn’t instantly reply when requested to verify if the hack befell through Cloudhopper.
Safety researcher Brian Krebs stated it appeared that Dorsey was the sufferer of a SIM swapping assault through which a cell supplier is tricked or in any other case satisfied to switch a sufferer’s telephone quantity to a SIM card managed by another person.
The Friday incident was not the primary time that Dorsey’s Twitter account has been hacked. His account was compromised in 2016 by a bunch that additionally hacked the Twitter accounts of Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Twitter shares had been down lower than 1% in after-hours commerce following the hack