How hackers hijacked Twitter CEO's account for '20 minutes'

"The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider", the company said in a statement.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event at CES 2019 at the Aria Resort & Casino on 9 January 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ironically, Twitter's CEO and co-founder, Jack Dorsey, has had his account hacked by a group referring to itself as the Chuckling Squad.

The tweets included messages such as "Hitler is innocent" and, using a vulgarity, asked "bald skeleton head tramp", apparently referring to Dorsey, to unsuspend certain accounts.

One post suggested there was a bomb at the social media company's headquarters.

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Twitter users expressed concern that an even more prominent and prolific user - US President Donald Trump - could be just as easily hacked, affecting global political relations. The offending tweets were deleted less than 30 minutes after the initial breach.

Spotted by CNN Business, the tweet by text feature could have been useful previously back when SMS was more prevalent, but supposedly Twitter have since responded and said that the "issue is now resolved".

The tweets had been despatched through an organization known as Cloudhopper which was a textual content messaging service that Twitter acquired in 2010. Twitter did not immediately respond when asked to confirm if the hack took place via Cloudhopper.

It also attributed the fault for the hack to Dorsey's mobile phone company.

Twitter said that the phone number associated with Dorsey's account was "compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider", allowing a hacker to posts tweets to @jack by sending text messages. Back in 2016, the Saudi Arabian hacker group OurMine posted up a message about "testing your security" from his account.

  • Darren Santiago