Twitter gets hacked

by twit

via Wonkette, care of Towleroad:

Sanchez

and that’s not all…

Britney also gets hacked for a moment:

Spears

and Fox News:

Billoriley_2

even President-Elect Obama was not spared:

it isn’t quite clear, but it seems possible that the Huffington Post Twitter feed was hacked as well…

update: via Computerworld:

Hackers hijacked the Twitter accounts of more than 30 celebrities and organizations, including President-Elect Barack Obama, Britney Spears and Fox News, early on Monday, the company confirmed today.

“This morning we discovered 33 Twitter accounts had been ‘hacked,’ including prominent Twitter-ers like Rick Sanchez and Barack Obama,” Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in post to the company blog. “We immediately locked down the accounts and investigated the issue. Rick, Barack and others are now back in control of their accounts.”

update: Threat Level explains what happened:

An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday’s hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama’s, and the official feed for Fox News.

The hacker, who goes by the handle GMZ, told Threat Level on Tuesday he gained entry to Twitter’s administrative control panel by pointing an automated password-guesser at a popular user’s account. The user turned out to be a member of Twitter’s support staff, who’d chosen the weak password “happiness.”

Cracking the site was easy, because Twitter allowed an unlimited number of rapid-fire log-in attempts.

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One Response to Twitter gets hacked

  1. coffee says:

    did the Twitter Admin change his password to “sadness” after he was hacked? haha

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