CEO and co-founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey has found himself in a stressful situation this Friday afternoon when he discovered his own Twitter account got hacked.
The group of hackers have given themselves the name Chuckle Squad and are speculated to be the same collective responsible for the hacking of comedian King Bach’s YouTube account. Momentarily taking over Dorsey’s profile, the hackers tweeted racial and antisemitic messages about the Holocaust. The tweets managed to stay up for at least 10 minutes before being taken down.
Approximately an hour and a half after the incident, Twitter tweeted “the account is now secure, and there is no indication that Twitter’s systems have been compromised.” Soon after, fingers were pointed at Dorsey’s cellular service provider: “the phone number associated with the account was compromised due to security oversight by the mobile provider.” According to sources, this was all done through Cloudhopper, a company specializing in SMS technology, and it seems the hackers were able to send the tweets through text messages. This isn’t the first time Dorsey’s account was hacked. Back in 2016, Saudi Arabian group OurMine hacked posted up a message about “testing your security” from @Jack.
It’s still unclear who the people are behind Chuckle Squad and their motivations, but stay tuned for more updates as the story develops.