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Obama's Twitter Account "Hacked" 308

Oxford_Comma_Lover writes "A 24-year-old living with his mother in France was arrested for 'hacking' into Obama's twitter accounts. (Warning: WSJ does obnoxious paywall things. Your miles may vary.) Apparently he guesses the answer to a question related to password recovery in order to break into the accounts of famous people; he has no computer science training or financial motive. He posted screenshots to a few boards and twitter found out within a few hours, either from a tip or from noticing when someone from France logs onto twitter as the President of the United States. (He did not actually tweet as POTUS, but just wanted to show he could break into the account.)"
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Obama's Twitter Account "Hacked"

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  • Who cares (Score:3, Informative)

    by snowwrestler ( 896305 ) on Thursday March 25, 2010 @01:38PM (#31613902)

    What important data is stored within that Twitter account? What crucial lines of communication flow through it?

  • by cyberchondriac ( 456626 ) on Thursday March 25, 2010 @03:52PM (#31616356) Journal
    Umm.. you're the moron. Borowitz's blog is a joke. Literally. He's a comedian and writer, not a journalist.
    Look again, it's under the "Comedy" section of the HuffingtonPost.
    The only thing the tea party is against from what I've read is that Michelle Obama wants to take away "Happy Meal" toys and their ilk because they "encourage" children to eat poorly. It's not so much the crappy toys, it's the parent's who are too lazy to cook, and drive their kids to a fast food place that are to blame. And of course, all the HFC in everything. Maybe.
  • by clone53421 ( 1310749 ) on Thursday March 25, 2010 @04:42PM (#31617310) Journal

    Apparently Twitter doesn’t have secret questions at all. You can have a password reset request sent to the registered e-mail address.

    TFA is rather misleading, because what actually happened was the guy broke into a Twitter employee’s Yahoo account (hello Palin! do we never learn?) and then used that Yahoo account to find other information that he shouldn’t have. — according to this article [].

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.