By BJ LUTZ
Feb 26, 2010
The Twitter account for United Airlines on Friday morning was among
several notable accounts that were hacked into and used to distribute
sexually-explicit tweets and links to phishing Web sites.
In England, the accounts of two cabinet ministers and an online bank
were also comprimised.
Early Friday morning, a tweet went out from Chicago-based United's
account which included an offer for "better sex" and a link to a Web
site. The message was quickly deleted and an apology message followed.
The airline has nearly 57,000 followers on the social-networking
Twitter users from around the globe have reported receiving direct
messages from their friends saying "This you????" or "LOL this is funny"
together with a web link that has been shorted and therefore disguised,
which users are directed to click.
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