The Twitter account of co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey was hacked on his own platform Friday afternoon, and spewed out several eye-popping messages — including racial slurs and a bomb threat.
What are the details?
At around 3:45 p.m. EST, Dorsey's account with the handle @jack began firing off and retweeting a series of shocking tweets to his 4.2 million followers. One said, "f*** n******," another said, "Intel is there's a bomb at Twitter HG," and another retweeted the message, "Nazi Germany did nothing wrong."
Twitter CEO @jack was hacked, tweets "F—k N—rs," other racist tweets. https://t.co/JnuqNfhsbN— Washington Examiner (@Washington Examiner)1567195871.0
Business Insider reported that it took roughly 15 minutes for Twitter to respond to the hack, and the company is investigating how the compromise occurred.
We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened.— Twitter Comms (@Twitter Comms)1567195501.0
According to the BBC, the hacking is "an embarrassing incident for Mr. Dorsey, with many security experts questioning whether he, of all people, should have had the appropriate protections to stop such an attack being possible."
On Twitter, users questioned whether anyone could feel secure on the site after the high-profile compromise, while others shuddered at what the consequences would be if President Donald Trump's account were hijacked.
Engadget reported that Dorsey's account has been overtaken before. In 2016, a group dubbed "OurMine" hacked the Twitter CEO's account along with a number of other big names alleging that passwords were insecurely stored.