Someone hacked into Twitterâ€™s internal admin tools and compromising 33 high profile accounts, including President Elect Barack Obama,Fox News,and Britney Spears.
Here is Twitterâ€™s official explanation:
This morning we discovered 33 Twitter accounts had been â€œhackedâ€ 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.
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 canâ€™t remember or get stuck. We considered this a very serious breach of security and immediately took the support tools offline. Weâ€™ll put them back only when theyâ€™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 â€“ â€œyoutubeâ€, he found out that twitter has no login rate limit.
So, he ran a bruteforce dictionary attack on one of the admin accounts â€œCrystalâ€ and managed to get hold on some usernames and passwords.