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Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s Twitter account hacked

New Delhi: In the latest in the series of account hacks that indicate how unsafe Twitter accounts of even its top officials are, it now appears that even the former CEO of Twitter isn’t protected

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Published on: June 20, 2016 18:57 IST
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New Delhi: In the latest in the series of account hacks that indicate how unsafe Twitter accounts of even its top officials are, it now appears that even the former CEO of Twitter isn’t protected from hacking groups.

In the latest incident, hacking group OurMine today hacked former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s account and also sent three tweets confirming their identity using his account.

Notably, OurMine is the same group that had hacked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

Costolo’s Twitter account was not directly hacked but a third party service that cross posted to Costolo’s Twitter account was compromised, and the attackers used this old service to post to Costolo’s feed, according to a report in ReCode.

However, Dick Costolo has been able to retake his account and all the tweets posted by the hackers were deleted. Meanwhile, the Twitter account that belonged to OurMine has also been suspended.

OurMine is a Saudi Arabia-based hacking group that claims to be on a mission to teach people to secure their accounts better. The group has hacked the social media accounts of a number of high profile targets.

Mark Zuckerberg was one of them, and the hack revealed that Zuckerberg’s Pinterest password was ‘dadada’.  Apart from Zuckerberg, OurMine had taken over EDM artist David Guetta‘s Twitter account and also hacked the Twitter account of another Twitter co-founder and former CEO, Evan Williams.

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