A hackers’ group called Chuckling Squad hacked the account of Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder & CEO, Twitter for a brief period of time.
The group tweeted racial slurs, praise for Adolf Hitler, a reference to “a bomb at Twitter HQ”, profanity and more.
Most of these tweets were up for a short span, but were being deleted soon after and Jack’s account is all clear now.
Twitter Comms put out a tweet acknowledging the situation and notifying that they are investigating the incident, at 1:35 AM.
Subsequently, they mentioned that Jack’s account at this point was secure and there was no indication that Twitter’s systems had been compromised.
Twitter is blaming Jack’s mobile provider, as they claim that the account was compromised due to a security oversight with the phone number associated with the account.
The source of the tweets appeared to be coming from ‘Cloudhopper’, a company acquired by Twitter previously to strengthen their SMS Service. It lets you send out a tweet through a text message, and gives the source as ‘Cloudhopper’.
This is not the first time Dorsey’s account has been hacked, it was previously hacked by OurMine in 2016. CEO’s like Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai have also got their accounts hacked in the past.
The incident shows how invulnerable social media accounts are and how easy it is to gain access to accounts of even some of the most powerful CEO’s.
Users on the platform are also questioning the ability of Twitter, to keep the platform safe and protected.