Yesterday you may recall we brought you news about the hacking of US broadcasters Fox News’s Twitter account. Anonymous were the group claiming the attack and began posting on the company’s feed messages that the US President, Barack Obama had been shot dead. Today we can tell you that another major company also found their Twitter account compromised yesterday, this time it was PayPal UK.
PayPal UK offer a service that allows users to make and receive online payments in a safe and secure way. Their site even uses the slogan ‘The safer, easier way to pay.’ The hacker, who is as of yet unknown began tweeting and retweeting messages that questioned the security of the company in the most extreme way it seems.
The first tweet came at 8:20pm last night, it read ‘our security is so great, look at our Twitter feed and see.’ The hacker then began retweeting messages from other users that were congratulating them on the hack and messages that expressed negativity toward PayPal UK. The profile description of the company had also been edited to read ‘The official Twitter account of the fail team at PayPal UK.’
According to The Inquirer the hacker also took advantage of their position and used it to promote an anti-PayPal website called PayPalSucks.com. It’s a site that questions the payment processes that the company uses and acts as a complaints site for those that are not satisfied with the service. Some of the negative responses and complaints about the company were fairly abusive to say the least.
The last messages that were tweeted by the hacker read ‘All your PayPal accounts are now frozen while we clean up this mess,’ and ‘Shop safely without PayPal.’ Once the company had resumed control of their account the posted message explaining that their Twitter account had been hacked and reassuring customers that their personal data is still safe as it was just the Twitter account that was attacked not PayPal itself.
Although this is not the first Twitter account that has been attacked, it seems it is a first time that a company has been deliberately targeted and humiliated in such an extreme way. Could this be the start of a trend where groups of hackers express their feelings by attacking the companies directly in this manner? What are your views on such extreme protesting?