Twitter CEO account hacked
Twitter CEO and co-founder, Jack Dorsey, had his Twitter account hacked Friday afternoon.
His account was hacked by a group of hackers who call themselves the Chuckle Squad.
These are the same people who hacked multiple YouTubers including James Charles, Shane Dawson, and King Bach.
The hackers tweeted racial slurs, Holocaust denial, and antisemitic messages through Dorsey's account.
Over a dozen racist and offensive tweets were sent within the first 20 minutes.
Most of the tweets sent from the compromised account were removed after only being up for about 10 minutes.
Among the tweets sent, there was a link to a server on the popular social chat platform—Discord.
Users in the chat claimed the hackers were attempting to look through Dorsey's direct messages while they still had access to the account, but it was a task they could not accomplish.
Their last message, on the Discord server's announcement board, asked users who they should hack next.
The server was taken down by Discord nearly 15 minutes after the first Twitter post, even before Twitter was able to regain control of Dorsey's account.
A Discord representative stated, "Both the server and the server owner were permanently removed from Discord within minutes of this being reported to us.
Encouraging any kind of hacking is in direct violation of our Terms of Service.
We will continue to monitor and investigate this incident."
The Discord link in the tweet has since been deactivated and no longer works.
Twitter Comms or Twitter Communications, placed the blame on Dorsey's mobile provider rather than their own security being compromised.
They claimed; "The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider.
This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number."
The hacking technique the Chuckle Squad used is often known as SIM jacking or a SIM swap.
This involves taking a current phone number, then transferring it to a new SIM card.
Usually done by tricking or bribing a phone provider to believe that the person activating their SIM card on a new device.
The tweets were said to have been sent via Cloudhopper, a company Twitter had bought to help aid its SMS service. The SMS version of updating a Twitter account was usually used during the early days of the social platform and is sometimes used as the reason for character limits on tweets.
Dorsey's account has been hacked once before in 2016.
The security company OurMine, a former hacker group based in Saudi Arabia, hacked Jack and sent out a message claiming they were testing Twitter's security.
He's been hacked before, but hopefully, he won't be hacked again.