A group identifying themselves as Chuckling Squad on Friday night hacked the account of Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey. It took nearly 15 minutes for Twitter to regain control of its CEO’s account.
During this period, hackers retweeted and posted offensive and racist tweets using Dorsey’s account. A spokeswoman for Twitter told the BBC the microblogging site was urgently investigating.
Twitter was later able to remove all the offensive tweets.
Twitter spokesperson Brandon Borrman said, “Yes, Jack’s account was compromised. We’re working on it and investigating what happened.”
Yes, Jack’s account was compromised. We’re working on it and investigating what happened.
— Brandon Borrman (@bborrman) August 30, 2019
A tweet by Twitter Comms said, “We’re aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened.”
We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened.
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 30, 2019
Dorsey, who has in excess of four million followers on Twitter, had his account briefly suspended in 2016. That time, the social media giant had blamed the incident on an ‘internal mistake.’
Dorsey had co-founded Twitter more than a decade ago.