Twitter Hacked

Someone hacked into Twitter’s internal admin tools and compromising 33 high profile accounts, including President Elect Barack Obama,Fox News,and Britney Spears.

Here is Twitter’s official explanation:

This morning we discovered 33 Twitter accounts had been “hacked” including prominent Twitter-ers like Rick Sanchez and Barack Obama (who has not been Twittering since becoming the president elect due to transition issues). We immediately locked down the accounts and investigated the issue. Rick, Barack, and others are now back in control of their accounts.

What Happened?

The issue with these 33 accounts is different from the Phishing scam aimed at Twitter users this weekend. 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 email address associated with their Twitter account when they can’t remember or get stuck. 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.

Supposedly GMZ from the Digital Gangster forum was behind it. After his ieasy youtube hack where he just guessed Miley Cyrus’ password – “youtube”, he found out that twitter has no login rate limit.

So, he ran a bruteforce dictionary attack on one of the admin accounts “Crystal” and managed to get hold on some usernames and passwords.

Friday, July 12, 2002

bah ,, havent been doin anything been too busy enjoying summer..getting real fed up with the script kiddie scene in general too much bullshit well tommorow im going to
hope2k2 http://www.h2k2.net hope to at least meet a few kewl people there.. i have no clue where im staying now because most of the people that were gonna go have now backed out… if anyone is going drop me an email let me know.. i might just be sleeping in the lobby or something friday nite… still working on project malice though noe of the others are around or are to lazy for to do anything.. bah im out