After 3:30pm ET, A hacker compromised the Twitter account of Jack Dorsey. A stream of rogue tweets has been released on the CEO’s own Twitter account, including ethnic slurs. One of the tweets published a Twitter handle for someone who allegedly took credit for taking over the account. That account was suspended rapidly.
Spokesman for Twitter, Ebony Turner, said the firm was researching. The incident was also tweeted by the company:
Twitter later pointed to Dorsey’s cell carrier‘s fault, stating that “the phone number connected with the account was compromised by the mobile provider’s safety supervision,” which obviously permitted hackers to send tweets using text messages.
Twitter later said it secured Dorsey’s account but did not comment further.
The tweets seem to have come through Cloudhopper, a company earlier purchased by Twitter to assist with its SMS service. If you write 404-04 from your Twitter account’s phone number, that text will be posted to Twitter. The source is provided as “Cloudhopper” in the tweet.
Today’s hack seems to come from the same group that assaulted on Twitter last week a number of YouTube celebrities, including beauty vlogger James Charles, Shane Dawson, and comedian King Bach. It is alleged that the hackers also acquired access to the Gmail account of late Desmond “Etika” Amofah, as seen by screenshots gathered on their Discord server. At the moment, many of the individuals who had been impacted suggested that their accounts were infringed after an AT&T employee-led SIM card swap.