Now, there’s something you might think you’d never hear: that the President of the United States has a Twitter account, let alone that it got hacked. But it’s true. Well, it’s nearly true, as in reality Barack Obama does not, himself, man a Twitter account (so far as anyone knows). But there is a “Barack Obama” Twitter account that is manned on behalf of the President of the United States by the organization known as Organizing for America, that calls itself “the grassroots organization for President Obama’s agenda for change”, and that account was hacked.
The alleged hacker, a 24 year old Frenchman calling himself ‘Hacker Croll’, was apprehended by French authorities today, and charged with hacking into the BarackObama Twitter account, as well as the accounts of other high profile individuals.
According to French police, Hacker Croll hacked into the accounts by guessing at the passwords, which in this case almost certainly means a brute force guessing attack known as a “dictionary” attack, where the computer (not the human) guesses at the passwords.
Says Jean-Yves Coquillat, a French prosecutor, “He was a young man spending time on the Internet. He acted as a result of a bet, out of the arrogance of the hacker. He is the type who likes to claim responsibility for what he has done.”
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