’60 Minutes,’ ’48 Hours’ Twitter Feeds Shut Down Over Tweets

by Christopher Freeburn | April 22, 2013 10:35 am

twitter IPO[1]Over the weekend, hackers seized control of Twitter accounts belonging to two popular TV news shows[2].

On Saturday, CBS (NYSE:CBS[3]) suspended the Twitter accounts for 60 Minutes and 48 Hours after a series of unauthorized tweets were sent, including one that said the government was concealing the “real culprit” behind last week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, the Associated Press noted.

The Twitter accounts remained suspended through Saturday night as CBS and Twitter investigated the incident.

Hackers have recently compromised the Twitter accounts of a number of companies.

In February, Burger King (NYSE:BKW[4]) was forced to issue an apology after its Twitter account was hijacked by hackers who proceeded to issue a series of obscene tweets[5].

Later that month, hackers seized control of Chrysler’s Twitter account[6], tweeting that Chrysler’s Jeep brand would be shut down and sold to General Motors (NYSE:GM[7]). Chrysler is owned by Italy’s Fiat (PINK:FIATY[8]).

  1. [Image]: https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/twitter-logo1.jpg
  2. belonging to two popular TV news shows: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CBS_TWITTER_ACCOUNTS_SUSPENDED?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-04-21-09-19-30
  3. CBS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CBS
  4. BKW: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BKW
  5. who proceeded to issue a series of obscene tweets: https://investorplace.com/2013/02/burger-king-apologizes-for-obscene-tweets-hacker-to-blame/
  6. seized control of Chrysler’s Twitter account: https://investorplace.com/2013/02/hackers-get-into-jeeps-twitter-account/
  7. GM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GM
  8. FIATY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FIATY

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