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World’s Most Popular Twitter Accounts Breached While They Posted Ads Pointing to Spam Website

Several Twitter accounts of great people within entertainment, media along with other fields seemingly got hacked recently. Those accounts posted malicious advertisements taking onto what seems as one spam website.

Accounts foremost hacked belonged to the magazine New Yorker, and Sky News. Also with those accounts were accounts of Xbox and PlayStation both major gaming entities. Subsequently, more accounts hacked were those of celebrities, including Lionel Messi the football champion from Argentina and Charlie Sheen the Hollywood actor. Alongside, the Scientific American magazine's account was also compromised.

More accounts impacted presently consist of The Economist, Red Cross, My Little Pony and The X Factor. According to Reuters, even these accounts posted ads directing people to the aforementioned spam website.

Strange messages started tweeting out from the impacted A/Cs while containing the identical web-link that implored end-users for acquiring increasing number of Twitter followers. As per EndGadget the tech website, sometime around 1am, ways began pushing out aggressively from the hacked accounts for supposedly helping users acquire increasing number of followers at no cost. Mirror.co.uk posted this, November 21, 2016.

There has been effective removal of the majority of tweets, nevertheless according to EndGadget, they had all been put up through Twitter Counter namely @thecounter, which is certain digital device for interpreting users' social media stats regarding the extent of their popularity. Twitter hasn't yet made an official response regarding the entity that's behind the seemingly big security breach.

The Twitter Counter website gives a statistical account of the usage of www.twitter.com while monitors more than 14m users as well as makes a sale of planned spots on the company's site to people desiring in acquiring more followers.

EndGadget asserts hackers attacked it; the issue solely seems to have struck A/Cs connected with the tool, therefore, possibly one's A/C is safe.

Ultimately, the actor aged 76-yrs, whose followers count a massive 2.3m managed restoring hold over his social network web-page from the state of compromise. Moreover, Netflix, Spotify and Twitter accounted for a few of the globe's biggest websites in terms of visitors which hackers attacked within one major DDoS assault.

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