Senator's Twitter account hacked

Jan 23, 2012
Senator Charles Grassley speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC in 2009. Grassley's Twitter account was hacked Monday and a series of messages sent out to his more than 33,500 followers.

A US senator's Twitter account was hacked Monday and a series of messages sent out to his more than 33,500 followers.

US Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, had regained control of his @ChuckGrassley account by Monday afternoon and the interloper's messages had been deleted.

Earlier in the day, the hacker posted a string of messages including one critical of the senator's position on controversial legislation in the Senate intended to crack down on of music and movies.

"Dear Iowans, vote against ACTA, , and PIPA, because this man, Chuck Grassley, wants YOUR internet censored," one of the messages said.

Grassley was a co-sponsor of the Protect IP Act in the Senate but he backed off his support for the bill along with a number of other US legislators last week in the face an online protest led by and Wikipedia.

Grassley's office said his staff noticed the compromise of his Twitter account "a few minutes after the first false Tweet was posted."

"Staff immediately called to obtain access to the account so the password could be changed," his office said in a statement. "The password has been changed, and Senator Grassley controls the account again."

Grassley's office said the hacking incident was reported to the Senate Sergeant at Arms.

Explore further: Periscope live streaming could turn the tables on the rise of video-on-demand

Related Stories

'Rogue websites' bill returns to US Senate

May 13, 2011

US senators re-introduced a bill Thursday that would give the US authorities more tools to crack down on websites selling pirated movies, television shows and music and counterfeit goods.

Twitter brings new language to old institution, the Senate

Jun 17, 2009

Sen. Charles Grassley was darned annoyed when he saw that President Barack Obama was having a good time in Paris. So Grassley tweeted in protest: "Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said 'time to delivr on healthcare' ...

Dalai Lama to 'tweet' on Tibet

Feb 23, 2010

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has joined micro-blogging service Twitter, attracting over 55,000 followers in just two days.

Recommended for you

Mozilla says HTTPS is the way forward for the Web

11 hours ago

The web developer community can hear a rallying cry loud and clear :Let's hear it for web security. Mozilla, the group behind the browser Firefox, is turning up the volume by saying enough's enough with non-secure ...

Facebook opens up Internet.org after neutrality flap

12 hours ago

Facebook said Monday it was opening up Internet.org, which provides connectivity to people in developing nations, to outside applications following a controversy over its limited set of online services.

Parents experience FOMO on Internet speak

May 01, 2015

If you tell your mum she's fleek, she probably won't get the compliment—social media is driving a rapid evolution of the English language that is leaving parents baffled, a study suggested Friday.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.