It’s getting to the point where we may just need to start a weekly “hack roundup” here at PR Daily. A trio of high-profile hacks are making headlines just days after a big attack on Chipotle.
The first hack hit Twitter chief financial officer Anthony Noto. From Bloomberg:
Anthony Noto’s account on the social-media website, @anthonynoto, sent hundreds of auto-replies to various Twitter users with posts containing spam links, indicating that the account was compromised. There’s no sign that any account information was stolen, and it isn’t clear how the tweets were sent, said Jim Prosser, a spokesman for Twitter.
Noto’s account was secured and the spam tweets were taken down.
In another hack, Delta’s Facebook page was compromised and two objectionable pieces of content were posted before the brand was able to regain control.
The brand confirmed the hack on Twitter:
The @Delta Facebook page was compromised. We sincerely apologize for the unauthorized, objectionable content that was posted.
— Delta (@Delta) February 10, 2015
It also issued the following statement:
We apologize for the objectionable and offensive content that was posted on our Facebook page earlier. With help from Facebook we were able to remove the unauthorized content shortly after it posted. Delta is investigating the source of the hack. No other social media platforms were affected.
Finally, a group calling itself Cyber Caliphate hacked the Newsweek Twitter account and posted a rather disturbing threat to the First Family. The account’s profile pic was changed to that of a masked man and the phrase “Je su IS IS,” which was a nod to the phrase “Je suis Charlie” as well as the Islamic State militant group. The hack was similar to the one performed on U.S. Central Command in January.
Newsweek managing editor Kira Bindrim posted the following statement on the organization’s website:
We can confirm that Newsweek’s Twitter account was hacked this morning, and have since regained control of the account. We apologize to our readers for anything offensive that might have been sent from our account during that period, and are working to strengthen our newsroom security measures going forward.
Cyber Caliphate also took credit for hacking Malaysia Airlines’ website last month.
Protect your passwords and change them often.