Hackers have broken into several high profile celebrities’ Twitter accounts including Britney Spears and President elect Obama leaving behind defamatory and offensive messages.
Hackers have broken into several high profile celebrities’ Twitter accounts including Britney Spears, CNN”s Ric Sanchez and President elect Obama leaving behind defamatory and offensive messages.
“I am high on crack right now might not be coming into work today (sic),” read a message posted on Sanchez’ s account.
Another on Mr Obama’s account directed readers to a promotional website aimed at collecting user data including email addresses and personal information.
Twitter’s founder Biz Stone said the hackers had infiltrated the software used by staff to administer accounts. Twitter discovered 33 accounts had been hacked.
“These accounts were compromised by an individual who hacked into some of the tools our support team uses,” said Stone.
“We considered this a very serious breach of security and immediately took the support tools offline.”
This is the second Twitter security scare in the past week – last week Twitter was also the subject of a phishing scam that tricked users into revealing their user name and password.