The Co-founder and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey account was hacked, demonstrating the potential vulnerabilities of even the most high-profile social media accounts. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey @jack account began unleashing a stream of more than a dozen tweets and retweets, including obscenities, shout-outs, threats, and racial slurs. The tweets remained on the account, which has 4.2 million followers, for less than an hour before the Twitter removed them.
“Intel is there’s a bomb at Twitter HQ,” read one of the tweets. “Shoutout to Ron and Kyle,” another said. Many of the tweets were tagged with #ChucklingHella. The company said in a tweet Friday evening that the phone number associated with Dorsey’s account “was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider.” The hacker was then able to use the phone number to compose and send tweets via text message using the platform’s tweet-via-SMS feature.
Twitter said the issue has been resolved, and that there is no indication their systems were compromised. In a statement, a Twitter spokeswoman added that the company looked into the bomb threat and “can confirm it was not credible.” The accounts mentioned by the hacker while controlling @jack appeared to be suspended Friday afternoon
Jack Dorsey’s account was previously compromised in 2016 by the hacking group OurMine. On Friday, some Twitter users said that it appeared Dorsey’s account was hacked via a third-party with access to his account.