Monday, January 5, 2009
"It's been a fun morning for Twitter. After a weekend phishing snafu, the micro-blogging site announced that the accounts of 33 of its more high-profile users had been hacked, including the now-quiet Twitter feed of President-Elect Barack Obama.
"`These accounts were compromised by an individual who hacked into some of the tools our support team uses to help people do things like edit the email address associated with their Twitter account when they can't remember or get stuck,` according to a blog post.
"Those support tools have been taken offline, and will be returned `only when they're safe and secure,` Twitter said.
"Twitter denied that faster implementation of the open authentication protocol OAuth would have prevented the hacking...
"Other accounts that fell prey to the hackers reportedly belonged to Britney Spears, CNN anchor Rick Sanchez (who `tweeted` that he was high on crack), Facebook, Fox News, and the Huffington Post."