About 33 Twitter Accounts Hacked Including FOX News, Facebook, Huffpost, Barack Obama, Rick Sanchez and Britney Spears

Posted Jan 5, 2009

Twitter has had a crazy day! Over 33 Twitter accounts have been hacked.  Many of those belonging to prominent celebrities including Rick Sanchez of CNN, Britney Spears, President elect Barack Obama, and FOX News.  This is a separate incident from the phishing scheme that happened over the weekend.

Whoever hacked the accounts has a pretty interesting sense of humor, but is bad at spelling.  From the FOX News Twitter account, a message stated “Breaking: Bill O Riley is gay.”  I’m sure he meant Bill O’Reilly, host of FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor. Britney Spears’ Twitter account had a more explicit message: “HI Yall!  Brit Brit here, just wanted to update you all on the size of my *bleep.*  Its about 4 feet wide with razor sharp teeth.” Rick Sanchez’s Twitter stated “i am high on crack right now might not be coming into work today.”  Rick often times refers to his Twitter account on CNN program.  On Huffpost’s Twitter account there are a bunch of links to digitalgangster.com.

Twitter’s internal admin was affected too.  According to Biz Stone, founder of Twitter, the hacker got into some of the tools that the support team uses in order to reset passwords.  When Twitter’s admins realized this, they took the support tools offline so the hacker couldn’t get any further.

[via TechCrunch and Twitter Blog]