Obama's Twitter account hijacked by French hacker

According to Reuters, a 25 year old Frenchman successfully hacked into President Obama and Britney Spears' Twitter accounts. Using Twitter administrator passwords, the man was able to break into virtually anyone's account. Thankfully, the hacker was not able to extract their personal account information.

It seems that the hacker, who goes by the blatantly obvious hacker name, HackerCroll, was in it for the thrill--not the information. He wanted to show people, via screenshots that he was to post on the Internet, what he was able to accomplish.

"His aim wasn't to make money. It was simply to show that he was able to access accounts of Twitter members. And the best proof of that is that he did screen grabs of certain confidential data which he tried to post on blogs that are reserved for pirates or hackers."

In July 2009, the FBI was tipped of the hacker's activity by the French police. The man was arrested and questioned by French police. No name or further information has been made public.

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I have to give this guy some credit, he hacked into their accounts and then published them on the Internet to show how he was able to get into their accounts, clearly shows how vunrable Twitter actually is. In fact this is more embarrasing for Twitter because he was able to hack these accounts. and yeah you're probably right default admin password or admin admin...

Wait...why does a twitter administrator password give access to everyone's account. Shouldn't there be some sort of safeguard to prevent exactly this happening?

/- Razorfold said,
Wait...why does a twitter administrator password give access to everyone's account. Shouldn't there be some sort of safeguard to prevent exactly this happening?

Well admins are the moderators of a social network. They remove inappropriate content head on by deleting it via the source or the account entirely. This is how it always has been but I'm surprised they do not use something more sophisticated and safer.

@French Guy: Well you proved you can hacking in Obama's Twitter account, now lets see if you can hack your way out of jail. Unethical hacking is only worth noting when it is private and among friends, not international news all sorts of authoritative agencies can see... Hackers are idiots... (at least this one)

/- Razorfold said,
Wait...why does a twitter administrator password give access to everyone's account. Shouldn't there be some sort of safeguard to prevent exactly this happening?
Welcome to the digital age. "Administrator" suppose to give root access and full rights over the entire system.

Krome said,
Welcome to the digital age. "Administrator" suppose to give root access and full rights over the entire system.

I know what an administrative account is lol. My point, which got slightly muddled up, was why is there only a password that allows this to happen?

The least they could have done is have the admin accounts only be accessible from the company headquarters.

lol. big deal. its twitter for crying out loud!..

Obama says: going to oval office

Obama says: Sick of healthcare bill!..

this guy hacks and does what? i find it an utter waste of his time to even bother doing this. what an idiot!

If you're trying to prove something, don't do it with something that belongs to the most powerful man in the world

what said,
If you're trying to prove something, don't do it with something that belongs to the most powerful man in the world

The Prime Minister of China?.

kezzzs said,

Chuck Norris doesn't tweet. Chuck Norris roars.

Chuck Norris does not use social networking sites. Chuck Norris is social networking.

Un4given said,

Chuck Norris does not use social networking sites. Chuck Norris is social networking.


I've heard he was on facebook...

what said,
If you're trying to prove something, don't do it with something that belongs to the most powerful man in the world

that's exactly what he needs to prove something.

Viva La Revolución!

216 said,
hacking Twitter seems all the rage these days

Hence why i stopped using Twitter after like two days of use. Besides the fact that i don't like Twitter anyways.

Un4given said,

Hence why i stopped using Twitter after like two days of use. Besides the fact that i don't like Twitter anyways.

I would say the security risk in having your Twitter account hacked was pretty minimal, unless your stupid enough to use the same password for everything. It holds little to no information about you. Apart from your name and website which is publicly displayed anyway.

And IF that was one of the reasons you stopped using twitter, i wouldn't of bother, we're all just small fish, they can acomplish so much more by hacking celeb accounts.