Hacker Tweaks Twitter Celebs

Britney, Obama among the victims of hacker targeting high-profile accounts
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2009 4:45 AM CST
CNN's Rick Sanchez was among the big names hijacked by a Twitter hacker.   (Twitter)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama, Britney Spears and CNN's Rick Sanchez were among dozens of people whose Twitter accounts were hijacked yesterday by a hacker, CNET reports. The hacker, who exploited the site's support tools to gain access, made fake updates to several accounts—including references to private parts and drug use—before Twitter twigged to the security breach.

The social networking site has pulled the support tools until it fixes the security hole. The celebrity hacking is unrelated to a phishing scam that hit the site over the weekend, in which hackers tried to fool users into handing over their login details by using a fake version of the site's front page, said Twitter officials. "Our support team is definitely going to have a busy week," said a statement from Twitter.