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Sunday Chatter – 1/11

January 11th, 2009 posted by · 1 Comment

Twitter Gets Hacked … Badly

Some said Twitter would only really arrive as a popular social media platform until it was eventually hacked and was the victim of spam. Well, that happened this week.

Hackers were able to gain access to Twitter’s security tools used by support staff to reset member’s passwords, lock/unlock accounts etc. Prominent Twitterers, such as CNN’s Rick Sanchez, Barack Obama and Britney Spears were all victims of the security breach. Once inside, hackers Tweeted numerous messages from the compromised accounts, including hate-filled and racist messages. Twitter quickly locked down all of the accounts and restored them to their rightful owners. picked up the story from there.

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  1. Mitch MyAvatars 0.2

    That Twitter hack thing took down a lot of people this week, that’s for sure. It was irritating from the receiver perspective also, because I got some of the weirdest stuff this week. I’m betting it’s not quite over yet.