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Twitter Users Obama, Britney Spears, Fox News Get Hacked

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 5, 2009 in Technology
Earlier, Twitter users were affected because of a phishing scam and now many famous Twitter users have had their accounts hacked. Supposedly, hackers posted fake messages from their accounts.
Over the weekend, a phishing scam left many Twitter users vulnerable to hackers. A number of prominent Twitter users’ accounts were hacked today.
Mashable.com reports that accounts of President-elect Barack Obama, singer Britney Spears, Fox News, Bill O’Reilly and others were hacked today and a number of offensive messages were posted in the hacked accounts like the one at Fox News, which reads: “Breaking: Bill O’Reilly is Gay.”
Twitter posted the following updates regarding this latest hacking incident:
A number of high-profile Twitter accounts were compromised this morning, and fake/spam updates were sent on their behalf. We have identified the cause and blocked it. We are working to restore compromised accounts. As a precaution, it would be prudent to reset your Twitter password and make sure email in your settings is your own. More details to come.
It appears nothing is safe on the Internet. If you have a Twitter account check to see it is affected or not and also change the passwords to prevent future attacks.
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