Spammers Compromised Popular Twitter Accounts Including Viacom And Microsoft Xbox

“A number of popular Twitter accounts suddenly wanted to help you add more followers,” joked Engadget. An anonymous reader writes:
Early Saturday morning, due to a breach of the Twitter Counter analytics service, the compromised Twitter accounts started posting images touting services that sell Twitter followers. The affected accounts include @PlayStation, @Viacom, @XboxSupport, @TheNewYorker, @TheNextWeb, and @Money (Time’s finance magazine) as well as @NTSB (the National Transportation Safety Board) and @ICRC (the Red Cross), and the Twitter accounts of famous individuals include astronaut Leland Melvin, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, and actor Charlie Sheen. “We can confirm that our service has been hacked; allowing posts on behalf of our user,” Twitter Counter posted Saturday, announcing minutes later that “hackers CANNOT post on our users’ behalf anymore.”

“Apologies for the spam, everyone,” tweeted the account for Xbox support, adding “We’re cleaning things up now.”

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