President-Elect Barack Obama Falls Victim to Twitter Hack
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is one of 33 people who had their Twitter accounts hacked, according to Twitter. The hacks are a separate issue from the wave of phishing attacks circulating in recent days. Security company Sophos suggests caution.U.S. President-elect Barack Obama was among 33 Twitter users who had their accounts hacked. According to social messaging company Twitter, the hack-which also claimed the account of CNN anchor Rick Sanchez-is separate from the phishing attacks that have been circulating on Twitter since the weekend of Jan. 3.
"These accounts were compromised by an individual who hacked into some of the tools our support team uses to help people do things like edit the e-mail address associated with their Twitter account when they can't remember or get stuck," said a post on the Twitter blog. "We considered this a very serious breach of security and immediately took the support tools offline. We'll put them back only when they're safe and secure."