Twitter Hacked, Popular Accounts Targeted

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 @ 03:11 PM gHale

As social media grows throughout the automation sector, users should be aware that Twitter ended up hacked and some accounts paid the price.

Hacked accounts included @PlayStation, Microsoft’s @XboxSupport, @Viacom, @ICRC (owned by the Red Cross), and @Money, along with others. All tweeted ads to websites whose purpose is to increase the number of followers for other accounts.

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The hack didn’t target the aforementioned accounts themselves, but Twitter Counter, a service that provides statistics of Twitter usage and monitors tweets reach and clicks. Hackers thus obtained access to linked Twitter accounts and managed to post messages on their behalf.

Twitter Counter confirmed the service experienced a breach, but reacted quickly to block the attack. Most tweets have already been removed.

Other accounts also ended up targeted, including the one owned by U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Charlie Sheen, Lionel Messi, astronaut Leland Melvin, and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, according to report from Digital Trends.

One word of warning is if the user is using Twitter Counter, it might be a good idea to change the password just to make sure you are on the safe side. Also, review your timeline because there might be some posts published on your behalf, linking to services designed to obtain free followers.

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