Hackers compromised the Twitter account of Jack Dorsey, CEO
at Twitter, and published and retweeted offensive and racist messages.
“Yes, Jack’s account was compromised,” said Brandon Borrman, Vice President Global Communications
A group referring to itself as the Chuckling Squad took credit for the hack of the profile that has more than four million followers.
“A chat channel on Discord, a separate website, was apparently set up by the group to discuss and joke about the attack – but was quickly shut down.” reported the BBC.
“The Chuckling Squad has taken credit for a number of attacks on high-profile Twitter accounts recently, including beauty vlogger James Charles and an account belonging to YouTube personality Desmond Amofah, known as @Etika, who died earlier this year in an apparent suicide.
Twitter clarified that its systems were not compromised, instead, the company blamed an unnamed mobile operator.
“This allowed an unauthorised person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved.”
A Twitter user speculated that the tweets were sent due to the hack of
If confirmed there are two possible scenarios for this hack:
attackershacked the CloudHopperinfrastructure;
- Jack Dorsey was the victim of a SIM swapping attack, the hackers replaced his phone number with one under their control and used it to send SMS messages that authorized the racist tweets.
Authorities are currently investigating the incident.