Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Account Hacked: White Supremacist Takes Over
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s own Twitter account was hacked just after 3:30 p.m. today by someone who tweeted racial slurs and asserted that “nazi germany did nothing wrong”.
The hacker made highly offensive and racist remarks with impunity and appeared to be enjoying his or herself, tweeting, “If I Go To Jail I’ll Still Be Chuckling”.
By 4:10 p.m., the tweets had been deleted. A Twitter spokesman confirmed that the company was aware Dorsey’s account had been compromised and was investigating.
Dorsey has 4.1 million followers.
A group called Chuckling Squad on the chat app Discord claimed to be behind the takeover of Dorsey’s account, CNBC reported. The chat was quickly taken down.
Chuckling Squad has taken credit for other high-profile Twitter hacks recently, including @Etika, an account belonging to YouTube personality Desmond Amofah, who died earlier this year in an apparent suicide.
The rogue tweets were sent via Cloudhopper, a service Twitter bought in 2010 to improve its SMS service, according to Techcrunch. This suggests Dorsey’s account may have been compromised by an authorized third-party app instead of someone getting his account password.
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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, had his Twitter account hacked in 2016. Zuckerberg didn’t use two-factor authentication and had an easy-to-guess password (for a new dad) — “dadada”.
This is embarrassing for Dorsey, who has security experts at his disposal and should have been better protected, according to BBC.