Twitter’s CEO Had His Twitter Account Hacked

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We shouldn’t be laughing…but we are. 

Irony is a funny thing. Literally - when irony strikes it often has us laughing our heads off. 

For example, when the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey has his Twitter account hacked. 

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While the incident is pretty funny on principle, the subject of the hackers tweets is definitely no laughing matter. Jack's hacked account tweeted racial slurs including the n-word and anti-Semitic remarks among other nonsense. 

Dorsey's @jack account also tweeted about a bomb threat and shared a link to a Discord chat and RT'd a series of tweets, including one that read, "follow me i am jacks daddy." 

Lovely. 

A source confirmed Jack had his mobile device "SIM swapped”- a process in which a hacker takes over a victim’s mobile phone number, and with that gains access and control to applications which use that phone number such as social accounts. 

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

"This allowed an unauthorised person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved."

When asked if the hackers had further access to the CEO’s account like his direct messages, the spokesperson declined to comment.

This incident has definitely left Twitter a little red-faced - not only is it straight-up embarrassing for the tech companies CEO but it isn't a good look to have your own platform hacked so publicly. 

In 2017, Twitter introduced a more intensive login verification process, adding the ability to add an authenticator app and SMS text message verification. But it looks like more security doesn’t always mean, well, more security. 

Images: Phillip Faraone / Stringer /Getty, Giphy / Giphy. 

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Written By Krisinda Merhi