High-profile Twitter accounts hacked, sending spam


PUBLISHED Sat, November 19, 2016 - 1:20am EST
Credit: Twitter


The Twitter accounts of some high-profile users - including media organizations, government agencies, businesses, and celebrities - appear to have been simultaneously compromised on early Saturday morning. (more)





It happened just after 1 a.m. ET on Saturday when a number of high-profile Twitter accounts began sending out malicious links, promoting a website that invites users to click to gain more followers on their Twitter account.

Those affected include Sky News, The New Yorker, PlayStation, Xbox, My Little Pony, The Economist, The Next Web, the Scientific American, The X Factor, Shazam, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Some celebrities and politicians were also compromised, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, actor Charlie Sheen, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, and astronaut Leland Melvin. There were also reports that an unknown number of other users were affected.

All of the malicious tweets were labeled as having been sent through Twitter Counter, which is a Twitter analytics service based in the Netherlands. It suggests the cyber breach occurred at Twitter Counter and that those affected had given permission for the company to access their accounts.

There was no immediate response from Twitter Counter about what had happened, but users are advised not to click on the malicious tweets.





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