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But This Congressman Called the Cops, So His Twitter Hacking Scandal Is Maybe Less Scandalous

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 15 2011

Politico reports that Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)'s Twitter account may have been hacked Wednesday night, and his Twitter profile image replaced with "a heavily Photoshopped image of a naked man."

Unlike Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), whose "hacking" incident turned out to be a slip-up while trying to send a risqué direct message to a woman who was not his wife, Johnson's office immediately contacted U.S. Capitol Police, a Johnson staffer told Politico:

On Thursday, Johnson’s communications director Jessica Towhey issued the following statement: “Late Wednesday night, we learned that Congressman Johnson’s official Twitter account had been compromised by an unauthorized user. We took immediate steps to delete two unauthorized tweets and an inappropriate photograph. We are currently working with U.S. Capitol Police, House Information Security and Twitter to resolve this matter.”

"Twitter hacking" is also an imprecise term. To clarify — when Twitter accounts are taken over by an intruder, often what was really compromised was the email account linked to the Twitter profile. So "Twitter hacking" is, more likely than not, a little unfair to Twitter, but no one will know for sure until the vector of this attack is identified.

(Via GovTwit)

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