The Twitter account of Jack Dorsey (@jack), boss and founder of the social network to the bird, was briefly hacked Friday and displayed insulting or racist messages. A very embarrassing episode for Twitter.
"The account is now secure, and there is no sign that Twitter's systems have been compromised," the company said. "The phone number associated with the account was exposed due to a security error on the telephone company, which allowed a person who did not have permission to write and send tweets text, from the phone number, "she detailed. According to Kevin Beaumont, a cybersecurity expert, the hacking was done via "a third-party application, Cloudhopper, which Twitter bought back 10 years ago and had access to his account.This app allows you to tweet via SMS".
Racist insults and apology of Hitler
Racist insults against blacks and tweets apologizing for Adolf Hitler began to appear shortly before 8 pm The messages were quickly removed in about fifteen minutes, but long enough for the news to go around Twitter and the subject of many comments often mocking.
The suspicious tweets included several hashtags that already appeared in other hacking acts: #chucklingsquad and #ChucklingHela. In particular, the London police account was hacked in July and the same shards appeared on the hijacked tweets.
@jack is the first address in Twitter's history. March 21, 2006 Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet: "just setting up my twttr". Twitter is the subject of many critics on all sides about the slow response and eliminate tweets deemed racist or inciting violence. His lack of responsiveness - such as Facebook - at the time of the large-scale misinformation operation undertaken by Russian agencies to favor the election of Donald Trump in 2016, was also criticized.