Twitter account of Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive of Twitter Inc. 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.
Company said the phone number associated with his account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider.
“This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved,”
The company said, adding separately that there was no indication that Twitter’s systems had been compromised.
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was innocent, while others contained derogatory comments about black people and Jews, said in one of the tweets from the hacked account. There was also a tweet suggesting there was a bomb at Twitter’s headquarters.
The tweets were deleted less than an hour after the incident. 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.
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 CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Twitter shares were down less than 1% in after-hours trade following the hack.
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16 November, 2019