Did the Huffington Post have its Twitter account hacked?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Warnings spread like wildfire across Twitter today, suggesting that the popular Huffington Post blog had fallen victim to hackers, who had managed to break into its Twitter account and post offensive messages.

Sure enough, if you visited the @HuffPostNews Twitter account there were plenty of unsavoury messages, many seemingly posted by someone sympathetic to right wing politics.

Here’s a video I made about the incident:

However, you shouldn’t always be quick to jump to conclusions.

I noticed that the @HuffPostNews account only had about 1900 Twitter followers – a surprisingly low…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.