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Hackers break into Obama's account

entertainment Updated: Jan 06, 2009 17:45 IST

Hackers have managed to break into US President-elect Barack Obama’s Twitter account, the social networking site said.

According to co-founder Biz Stone, the cyber criminals had invaded the software used by staff to administer accounts. After taking over the system, the tech-trouble-makers uploaded derogatory and nasty messages to 33 celebrity profiles, including that of Britney Spears and CNN personality Rick Sanchez.

"We discovered 33 Twitter accounts had been ''hacked'' including prominent Twitter-ers like Rick Sanchez and Barack Obama," News.com.au quoted Stone as saying. "These accounts were compromised by an individual who hacked into some of the tools our support team uses. "We considered this a very serious breach of security and immediately took the support tools offline,” he added.