Facebook’s official Twitter account hacked

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By Karissa Bell

Well, this is awkward. It appears that Facebook and Messenger’s official Twitter accounts has been hacked. 

The accounts were briefly taken over by hacking group OurMine, a group known for taking over prominent social media accounts. 

It appears the hackers were able to get off several, near-identical tweets, which attributed the account takeovers to OurMine. “Well, even Facebook is hackable but at least their security is better than Twitter,” the tweets, which have since been deleted, said.

Most of the messages were identical.

Most of the messages were identical.

Image: screenshot / twitter

In one message, which has also been deleted, the hackers tagged gossip vlogger Keemstar.

Gossip vlogger Keemstar was tagged in one message.

Gossip vlogger Keemstar was tagged in one message.

Image: screenshot / twitter

Twitter confirmed the hacks in a statement. “The accounts were hacked through a third-party platform,” a spokesperson said. “As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised accounts and are working closely with our partners at Facebook to restore them.”

The group also got into Facebook’s Instagram account, as well as the Instagram account for Messenger where they posted OurMine’s logo several times. Those posts were also quickly deleted.

Facebook later confirmed the attacks, saying its accounts were “briefly hacked.” 

Some of our corporate social accounts were briefly hacked but we have secured and restored access

— Facebook (@Facebook) February 8, 2020

OurMine is known to hack high-profile social media accounts. The group has previously taken over Twitter accounts of WWE stars and HBO

We’ve reached out to Facebook for more information.

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