Strategy, Vulnerability management, Threats, Cybercrime

Hack of ABC’s Twitter account hails Trump

March 23, 2017

The Twitter accounts of Good Morning America, GMA Pop News and ABC News were hacked on Thursday with a series of irreverent posts being added, including two praising Donald Trump, according to a report on CNBC.

The tweets, which began sometime after 6 a.m., also included a claim that the perpetrators were Russian hackers and one claiming that the rapper Tyler the Creator had died in a tour bus crash. Others were filled with profanity.

Administrators at ABC News were able to remove the tweets and contain the damage by 7 a.m., but not before some of the posts were captured in screen grabs. One post to the ABC News account read, “follow @CNN for real news, our news is wack.” 

The actor or actors behind the tweets is still unknown.

This is just the latest account of a high-profile Twitter account being taken over. Last week, McDonald's Twitter account  was hacked with a message disparaging Trump. In January, an intrusion into the New York Times Twitter account posted a fake news item about a Russian missile attack on the U.S.

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