HuffPo's Twitter account hacked

Usual tweets with links to stories about celebrities and cute animal photos are joined by racist and homophobic notes on The Huffington Post's Twitter account.

The Huffington Post's Twitter account was hacked this morning by someone who replaced the news site's usual story teases with racist and homophobic messages.

Around 11 a.m. PT, messages saying that "cloverfdch is a F#@%ing god! Hacked :)" and "New York Post rules!!!" joined the usual tweets with links to celebrity stories and animal photo galleries.

Huffington Post representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment this morning but were apparently aware of the intrusion; the posts in question were quickly deleted from the site's Twitter page, although they still appear on subscribers' third-party Twitter clients.

"Sorry about that, Twitterverse! We know we've been hacked and are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible," the site said in a tweet.

While embarrassing, Twitter hacks certainly aren't that uncommon any more. Recent victims include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and actor Ashton Kutcher . In September, a group called the "Script Kiddies" claimed responsibility for hacking NBC News Twitter account and posting fake news of an attack at Ground Zero. Fox News' Twitter feed was hacked in July and falsely reported that President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

Updated at 1 p.m. PT with Huffington Post's tweet acknowledging the hack.

 

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