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Jack Dorsey's account being hacked perturbed Twitterati, but not Donald Trump

It took authorities 15 minutes to fix the issue, but many feared for their safety as even the CEO’s account was not safe.

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Updated: Sep 06, 2019, 08.34 AM IST
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Jack Dorsey, the man who co-founded microblogging site Twitter, had his own account hacked this week, as miscreants used the platform to send out abusive slurs and racist tweets to Dorsey’s 4.2 million followers. According to a statement released by Twitter, a “security oversight” by the mobile phone service provider was to be blamed, as the phone number associated with Dorsey’s account was compromised, letting the hackers gain control. The technique of transferring one’s mobile number into a new SIM card is known as ‘SIM swapping’ or ‘SIM jacking’, and is one of the oldest tricks used by hackers.

It took authorities 15 minutes to fix the issue, but many feared for their safety as even the CEO’s account was not safe. Perhaps the only person who wasn’t worried was US President Donald Trump.

When asked about it, Trump, who’s a prolific tweeter himself, said, “I hope they are not hacking my account, but, if they do, they are not going to learn too much more than what I put out, right? Shouldn’t be too bad."

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