French Hacker “Hacker Croll” compromised Twitter

by Mahesh Kukreja · 2 comments

in Technology News


A French computer hacker is thought to have tapped into Twitter’s internal system, gaining access to millions of accounts including that of US President Barack Obama.

The hacker, under the name “Hacker Croll“, posted a series of screenshots showing him viewing internal website settings and the private details of user accounts.

The screenshots show Croll looking at the behind-the-scenes details for the account of US President Barack Obama, including the IP address of the last person to use it.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone confirmed unauthorised access was gained by an outside party during the week, but said only 10 individual accounts were viewed.

Mr Stone did not reveal whose Twitter accounts had been hacked, but he assured Twitter users no account information was altered or removed.

All affected parties had been contacted and Twitter was conducting a independent security audit of its internal systems, he said.

According to a report on PC World, Croll gained access to the system by finding the password of a Twitter employee.

He allegedly boasted on an online forum of breaking into the Yahoo! email account of an employee and then finding the employee’s Twitter password in an old email.

It is the second time Twitter has suffered a security breach this year.

In January another hacker gained access to a staff account by guessing the password.

The hacker then posted fake updates to a number of high-profile accounts including Britney Spears and Mr Obama.

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Rahul Jadhav May 4, 2009 at 8:08 am

This is the second time that Twitter has been hacked. Twitter should improve its security

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Admin May 4, 2009 at 8:21 am

Yeah! Twitter needs to improve a lot!

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