Hacker Claims Responsibility For Twitter Hacks

Outsourced the dirty work, though

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It would be hard to be more embarrassed than the guy caught with his pants down at the ski lift—whose photos are at SmokingGun—but if there’s a contender, it’s “Crystal” at Twitter, whose admin support account was hacked by a standard “dictionary” attack.

A dictionary attack is one that generates passwords from ordinary English words. According to “GMZ,” whom Wired credits with the hack, Crystal’s password was “happiness.” Oh, oh, the irony.

GMZ’s hack led to the 33 compromised celebrity accounts sending out bizarre tweets from Britney Spears, Fox News, and CNN”s Rick Sanchez and others.

Though Crystal’s account says, at least it does now, that she is with Twitter support, GMZ claims he picked her account at random because her name kept popping up on so many other accounts, and that he was unaware she was a Twitter staffer when he began. He realized it only after becoming aware of the ability to reset any Twitter user’s password.

Here’s an interesting decision making process to chew on: After realizing he’d unexpectedly hacked a Twitter staffer and that he’d forgotten to cloak his IP address and was therefore traceable, GMZ deferred to fellow hackers populating the Digital Gangster forum so they could hack the accounts instead.

In most places this is known as “aiding and abetting.” Bygones. It was through this hack outsourcing that Fox announced Bill O’Reilly was gay and that Britney spoke of her 4-foot vagina dentata problem.

GMZ also claimed credit for hacking Miley Cyrus’s YouTube account and posting information about her (fabricated) death.

On the company blog Twitter founder Biz Stone said they were taking this pretty seriously. The company also said they’d be securing their network better in the future.


Hacker Claims Responsibility For Twitter Hacks
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  • http://www.infinity800cashflowsystem.com Infinity 800

    Hackers always seem to get into things because they have nothing better to do.

    ~ Tim

    • http://www.diamondonnet.com/ Diamonds

      I couldn’t agree with you more…

  • http://officialsafetyandsecurity.com Debbie Morgan

    All of this is very interesting but the best news is that Twitter will be securing their network better. As a web site owner of safety and security products, the last thing I need is security issues with my Twitter account since I’m there typically to socially market my products.

    Thanks, Jason, for this information.

  • http://wolfet.co.uk NeuroToxic

    I was actually reading about this topic earlier on today, from what i have read he didn’t expect to hijack a staff members account, so he didn’t use a proxy as he didn’t initially intend to receive this amount of exposure, surely he will be traced and prosecuted.

  • http://www.blackhatseoworld.com blackhatseo

    I belong to Twitter too and its scary, I got a email from someone on Twitter saying something about see my funny blog, well I have been warned from other friends on Twitter that this was a hacker and NOT to open it, so when I saw it I just deleted it, Its a shame that people out there causing trouble, don’t they have better things to do. When you find out how to fix your Twitter, let me know. I changed my password but I don’t know if that will fix it. Thanks Sue

  • Guest

    ‘happiness’ ? really? for an admin? (of any kind) just how un-professional is Twitter. Keep that in mind when using their services.

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