According to the reports Twitter said on Friday that the account of chief executive Jack Dorsey had been “compromised” after a series of erratic and offensive messages were posted.
Some of the tweets contained the hashtag #ChucklingSquad which was believed to indicate the identity of the hacker group. The messages contained racial epithets and included a retweet of a message supporting Nazi Germany, reported PTI.
“We’re aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened,” a Twitter spokesperson said.
A barrage of comments fired off on the platform questioned why the Twitter co-founder didn’t secure his account with two-factor authentication, and how disturbing a sign it was that the service wasn’t to keep its chief safe on the platform, PTI reported.
“Everyone should ensure they have 2FA enabled, use a unique password, and double-check what apps they’ve linked to their accounts,” Cluley tweeted.
“The account appeared to have been hijacked via a third party called Cloudhopper, which Twitter acquired about 10 years ago and had access to his account. Cloudhopper enables users to send tweets on their phones via SMS,” Cybersecurity researcher Kevin Beaumont said.