CBS News says some of its Twitter accounts were hacked

21 Apr

(Reuters) – Social media accounts maintained by CBS News programs, “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours,” were compromised on Saturday, the two programs’ official Twitter accounts said.

A post on the “60 Minutes” Twitter microblog account, @60Minutes, said, “PLEASE NOTE: Our Twitter account was compromised earlier today. We are working with Twitter to resolve.” Another post read, “A message that was posted earlier to this account was not written or sent by @60Minutes or its staff.”

The Twitter account for @48Hours showed a similar message, and several blogs said a third account, @CBSDenver, also had been hacked.

Tech bloggers posted screenshots of fake posts that appeared under the CBS accounts, including one from @48Hours that read, “General Dempsey calls for #Obama’s arrest under new anti-terror laws #48hours.”

On its own official account, @CBSNews, the news organization said it had “experienced problems” on the other two accounts, and added, “Twitter is resolving issues.”

The rogue posts appeared to have been removed from later on Saturday.

Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters.

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