Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed that his own account was hacked, Friday, when racist posts began appearing.
At around 4 PM, eastern, Dorsey’s Twitter feed suddenly became filled with erratic content including a racist tweet that supported Hitler, NBC reported.
Brandon Borrman, Twitter’s vice president for global communications, reported that they were working on the problem.
The account is now secure, and there is no indication that Twitter's systems have been compromised.
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 30, 2019
“Encouraging any kind of hacking is in direct violation of our Terms of Service,” Twitter said. “We will continue to monitor and investigate this incident.”
The social media giant also noted that Dorsey’s account had been secured and they did not expect that Twitter itself had been compromised.
.@Jack’s account has been hacked.
The Tweets are coming from a source called Cloudhopper. Cloudhopper was the name of the company Twitter acquired a long time ago to help bolster their SMS service.
Looks like the hackers are Tweeting via the old SMS service… pic.twitter.com/YcU3DTn9wS
— Sam (@Hooray) August 30, 2019
A hacker group calling itself the Chuckling Squad claimed credit for the Dorsey hack.
According to The Verge, the group has successfully hacked other high-profile accounts.
Today’s hack appears to be from the same group that attacked a number of YouTube celebrities last week on Twitter, including beauty vlogger James Charles, Shane Dawson, and comedian King Bach. The hackers also allegedly gained access to the late Desmond “Etika” Amofah’s Gmail account, as seen by screenshots collected in their Discord server. At the time, many of the people who’d been affected suggested their accounts were breached following a SIM card swap conducted by AT&T employees.
“We are working with law enforcement, have restored the customers’ service, and discussed ways to secure the account,” an AT&T spokesperson told The Verge after the previous Chuckle Squad attacks. AT&T has not responded to a request for comment today.
The Dorsey hack caused some Trump supporters to worry that the president’s account could also come under attack.
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