Friday, June 12, 2009

Hackers hijack the LDS Church News Twitter Account


LDS Church News revealed that hackers hijacked the Church News Twitter account last weekend. Twitter staffers took down the site because the infiltrators had gained total control over the feed.

Charlie Crane, director of interactive media for the Deseret News, said he realized Sunday night that the Church News account had been compromised. "We tried to get it back," he said, but he soon realized that the hacker had even been able to change the password and lock him out. "I don't know how they got the password," Crane said. "I'm very skeptical (of Twitter) now." He expressed concern for other Twitter accounts the Deseret News operates.

Crane said the hacker posted some anti-Mormon material on the site earlier this week. The Church News and Deseret News are owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through Deseret Management Corp. There's no indication yet when the feed will be up again, but Twitter administrators said they would be contacting the Deseret News later today about restoring the Church News account.

Other Twitter accounts have been hacked into recently, including that of the New York Times and baseball coach Tony LaRussa. Unlike many online accounts, like those for Facebook, Twitter does not send a confirmation e-mail when a user changes a password, Crane said. We commented on this problem several months ago after someone had set up a Twitter account to impersonate President Thomas S. Monson. Twitter needs to come up with some solution to this problem or they may find themselves in a lawsuit or alienating their users.

I want everyone to sleep well tonight, the Mormon Lawyers Twitter account has not been hijacked.