In a strange story that came out Friday, CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey had his Twitter account hacked by a group called The Chuckle Squad.
It's always a bit ironic when the CEO or founder of a social media platform has his own account hacked on the platform he/she helped create. That happened to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account on Friday when it was hacked and a series of inappropriate tweets hit his feed.
The culprits behind the attack call themselves the Chuckle Squad. These are the same hackers that apparently targeted YouTube users not long ago.
Once the group got hold of Dorsey's account, through what many believe was a third-party app, they began to tweet racial slurs, antisemitic messages and at least one Holocaust denial from Dorsey’s account. Within 10 minutes, the tweets started coming down and were removed.
We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened.— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 30, 2019
Twitter commented on the hack saying they were aware Dorsey's account was compromised and that they had regained control. About 90 minutes after the hack, Twitter tweeted that “the account is now secure, and there is no indication that Twitter’s systems have been compromised.”
It was later revealed that Dorsey’s cell phone carrier had a security oversight which apparently allowed the hackers to send the tweets using text messages. The source was an SMS service called CloudHopper that Twitter had previously acquired.
What This Means
This was not the first time Dorsey’s account has been hacked. In 2016, a security firm called OurMine hacked Dorsey's account and sent out the message “testing your security.” They also hacked Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai.
Clearly, social media platforms like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook can be compromised. If you're a big shot within those companies, it's extremely important you realize you're a potential target and to take a bit of extra caution in securing your profile.
It was a bit ironic that his account was stolen by the very people he refuses to remove from Twitter.