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#ChucklingSquad hacks Jack Dorsey's account; Twitter users go into an overdrive

The hackers posted racial epithets, offensive tweets from Twitter CEO's account.

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Aug 31, 2019, 11.21 AM IST
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It seems counter intuitive – after all, social media helps you share your opinions and speak to a larger audience. But thanks to rampant identity theft and online stalking, there is a solid argument to be made to target your social posts instead of keeping them public. Karan Bajaj shows you how.
It seems counter intuitive – after all, social media helps you share your opinions and speak to a larger audience. But thanks to rampant identity theft and online stalking, there is a solid argument to be made to target your social posts instead of keeping them public. Karan Bajaj shows you how.
NEW DELHI: Nearly 3 months after Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan's Twitter account was hacked, it was Jack Dorsey's turn. A group that calls itself the 'Chuckling Squad' hacked the Twitter CEO and co-founder's official account on Saturday (post midnight).

Followed by 4.2 million users, a string of the racist tweets, offensive messages and anti-Semitic statements were posted from Dorsey's account for about 20 minutes. Some of those tweets contained the #ChucklingSquad hashtag.

The messages contained racial epithets, and included a retweet of a message supporting Nazi Germany.

According to a report by The New York Times, the posts were quickly deleted, and were posted using a third-party service called CloudHopper.

Twitter's spokesperson said, in a statement, "We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened".

While some Twitter users showed concerned about the security, the others had a field day with jokes and memes. Some followers even shared a list of celebrities whose accounts were hacked. Some users even posted requests to hack the US President Donald Trump's account.







This is not the first time that Dorsey's account was hacked. In 2016, a group of hackers going by the name OurMine conducted a similar attack that allowed them to post from Dorsey's account.

OurMine's messages, however, were not racist, and the group had claimed that they were simply testing the security practices of some of the most influential figures in the technology industry.

The hacker group seems to have been behind the hacking of accounts of the vloggers Shane Dawson and James Charles, among others.

This time, Chuckling Squad also set up a chat account on another website- Discord channel, where the group seemed to be boating about the hacking soon after Dorsey's account was hacked . The channel was quickly shut down.

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