United Airlines Caught in Twitter Hack

United Airlines Caught in Twitter Hack
United Airlines Caught in Twitter Hack 

NBC Chicago
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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