**Warning for harsh language.
There has been plenty of finger-pointing with fake news lately but tweets sent from the official ABC News account immediately raised suspicions of hacking.
— ?Amy Curtis? (@VLRAmyCurtis) March 23, 2017
Seems ABC may not have had some basic precautions in place as it announced that three of its Twitter accounts were hacked Thursday morning. According to an Associated Press report, the hacked accounts then sent “out profanity-filled tweets to its millions of followers.”
ABC News says 3 of its Twitter accounts were hacked, profanity-filled tweets sent to millions of followers. https://t.co/lgBhK6vcaS
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 23, 2017
Two-factor authentication folks. Always. pic.twitter.com/VJQmEXbTEK
— Steve Mullis (@stevemullis) March 23, 2017
As ABC and GMA deleted the tweets the hackers inundated them with more:
— Marisa Mendelson (@MarisaMendelson) March 23, 2017
Twitter users figured out what had happened but posted the strangely entertaining tweets as they came up.
— Amy Noelle (@NoelleTMD) March 23, 2017
Maybe the pro-President Trump tweets set off the alarm.
— James R (@Realpersonpltcs) March 23, 2017
— Tim Elliott (@WISN_Tim) March 23, 2017
— Emily Thayer (@emilythayerhere) March 23, 2017
The twitter hack continues for ABC News pic.twitter.com/5lXfnvizB9
— Jacob Young (@youngjake21) March 23, 2017
ABC later announced that the issue was resolved and “errant tweets” were removed.
The @ABC Twitter account was hacked earlier this morning. We resolved the issue and errant tweets have been removed.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 23, 2017
Good to see ABC News has this Twitter hack under control pic.twitter.com/V0U4Jhmtav
— Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) March 23, 2017
But not before countless screenshots were taken.
@ABC but the screenshots are forever
— ayvah (@ayvah) March 23, 2017
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— Diva Athyn (@DivaAthyn) March 23, 2017
— Farooq Yousaf (@faruqyusaf) March 23, 2017
@AP Sure, ABC. Sure.
— CaptainSkittles (@SectyHarris) March 23, 2017
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) March 23, 2017
— 23ABC News (@23ABCNews) March 23, 2017
— Ellis B Feaster (@EllisFeaster) March 23, 2017
— Mr Ne† (@btc_alex) March 23, 2017
One savvy Twitter user had an idea how the hackers got into the accounts:
@AP “WeLoveObama” was an easy password to guess.
— Lou Dorchen (@LouDorchen) March 23, 2017
@ABC ABC NEWS WILL NOW CONTINUE OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED ANTI-TRUMP TWEETS
— Jason (@GQguy24) March 23, 2017
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