Jack Dorsey: Twitter founder’s official account hacked with racist slurs and bomb threats

Hackers also likely to have had access to Mr Dorsey’s private messages

Andrew Griffin@_andrew_griffin
Friday 30 August 2019 23:00
comments
Twitter CEO says he was too aggressive about banning right wingers

The Twitter account of Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has been hacked and used to post offensive racial slurs and bomb threats.

The founder and CEO’s official account sent a huge number of offensive and irresponsible posts – as well as what appeared to be in-jokes and references to the hackers – over a long period.

The account has more than four million followers, and so is one of the most powerful accounts on the site.

As well as being able to post under Mr Dorsey’s name, and cause embarrassment by revealing the fact Mr Dorsey is unable to keep himself safe on his own app, the hack presumably means that the hackers are able to read his private direct messages.

The hackers referred to themselves as “Chuckle Gang” and directed anyone reading the tweets to a discussion board, though that was taken down more quickly than Twitter was able to remove the posts. The group gave no indication of the motive behind the attack, though it did ask Mr Dorsey to remove the suspensions of a number of accounts.

Some time after hackers gained control of the account, the tweets were removed. In the wake of the attack, the account appeared to be behaving strangely for some users, with no tweets showing at all.

Neither Mr Dorsey’s account or the official Twitter page made any reference to the hack.

The company said in a statement: “The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider. This allowed an unauthorised person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved.”

Twitter encourages all of its users to use two-factor authentication, which is intended to ensure that nobody but an account holder is able to get into an account.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg also had his account hacked in 2016, apparently after declining to use that protection and having an easy-to-guess password.

Jack Dorsey helped to found Twitter in 2006. He initially served as its CEO, before stepping down and then returning to lead the company again in 2015.

Mr Dorsey has been hit by problems using his own site before. In 2016, his account was briefly banned, before being reinstated again.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

View comments