These days we hear about cyber attacks on big and small businesses almost every day. The micro-blogging site Twitter seems not to be exceptional.
The official Twitter account of company’s chief financial officer Anthony Noto was attacked by the hackers after a barrage of spam posts was unleashed on Tuesday.
For a brief time, Noto’s official account ‘@anthonynoto’ started posting off terse and slangy missives inviting the Twitteratis to click on a link promising funny videos and other rewards, depending on the tweets. Approximately 300 tweets were fired from his Twitter handle, motivating the people to click on links that would have landed them to the spam websites.
“OMG when did you do this. This is too funny of you,” one of the tweets read.
The posts were, however, immediately removed by Twitter.
Jim Prosser, spokesman for Twitter, confirmed that the spammers were the probable culprits behind the hack.
“His account was sending spam tweets. We’ve locked the account down and deleted the tweets,” Prosser reportedly said.
The vulnerable cyber attack comes months after Noto had made an accidental tweet revealing his plans to buy a firm. The tweet was reportedly a direct message to one of his co-workers which was accidently posted public.
“I think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. i have a plan,” Noto had tweeted in November.
According to the San Francisco-based firm, the hackers may have been involved behind the rogue tweets in official Twitter accounts, but they may have been caused by bugs found in third-party applications that are dedicated to work with one-to-many messaging service.