This Friday, the Twitter Account of Jack Dorsey, the Company CEO got hacked. He has likely become a victim to the vulnerability that Twitter has already been warned about. However, the company had kept on vehemently denying the allegation and refused to acknowledge it as an issue.
The account of the Twitter CEO kept on tweeting a series of offensive tweets for around 20 odd minutes and they even included racist tweets. Twitter, however, was quick enough to respond and announced that it was a case of account hacking, and it assured that the glitch has been rectified and that the account is safe and secured yet again.
It appeared that the tweets were sent not by hacking the actual account of the CEO. The hacker(s) had made the Twitter system believe that they have genuine phone numbers of the CEO and used the system to make calls or texting derogatory remarks or making offensive comments. In all probability, the hackers never needed the password that Dorsey uses to handle his Twitter account.
The ambiguous tweets were seen posted by Cloudhopper. It is an SMS company, which Twitter had purchased way back in 2010. That was a time when only a handful of users used to text messages regularly for tweeting. At present, of any text is delivered 40404 from any US phone number that is connected with a Twitter account, the account will post that test and it will be labeled as “coming from Cloudhopper”.
Meanwhile, CNN has confirmed that this can be managed using any freshly registered account. Twitter by default allowed them to text and tweet. A CNN reporter, with the help of a phone, which was never used for logging in Twitter, was able to deliver a tweet by simply texting, and for that, no password was needed.
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