Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked and used to tweet racist messages

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A group of hackers calling itself the Chuckling Squad hacked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s own Twitter account on Friday afternoon, using the account to tweet out racist messages and other offensive tweets.

A Twitter spokeswoman confirmed that Dorsey’s account, @jack, had been compromised and told Digital Trends that the company was investigating the hack, but could not give any additional details about how it happened.

The hackers took over the account at some point on Friday afternoon, tweeting “#ChucklingSquad get it trending for the Twitter password,” just after 12:45 p.m. PT. More tweets, including some racist and anti-Semitic retweets, came from the account for about 15 minutes before being deleted.

The group also invited people to join its Discord server “to Chuckle with us,” though that server seems to have gone offline in the past hour.

One possibility for the hack: someone spoofed Dorsey’s phone number in order to access his account or even reset his password. Phone number spoofing is fairly accessible, which is why you get so many robocalls with fake numbers. Presumably, Dorsey should have some kind of additional protections on his account — seeing as he runs Twitter — but it looks like it may have some of the same vulnerabilities as a normal user.

This isn’t the first time Dorsey’s account was hacked — a group of hackers associated with the OurMine group took over his account in 2016.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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