'60 Minutes,' '48 Hours' Twitter Accounts Hacked
The Twitter accounts of CBS' 60 Minutes and 48 Hours have been compromised, with the hacker or hackers issuing tweets claiming that President Barack Obama is "shamelessly in bed with Al-Qaeda."
The tweet includes a link to a post dated Dec. 4, 2012, on LaRouchePAC.com, a website that promotes the ideas of controversial presidential candidate Lyndon Larouche.
"Exclusive: Terror is striking the #USA and #Obama is Shamelessly in Bed with Al-Qaeda," the tweet -- published around 12:30 p.m. PT to 60 Minutes' twitter feed and then re-tweeted on 48 Hours' feed -- reads.
Several minutes later, 48 Hours issued a tweet reading, "Our #48hours account has been compromised. We are working with Twitter to resolve the issue."
CBS News also tweeted from its account, "We have experienced problems on Twitter accounts of #60Minutes & @48Hours; We apologize for the inconvenience; Twitter is resolving issues."
60 Minutes' account later said it had been "compromised." The hacker's tweet finally came down at 1:15 p.m. PT.
The hacking comes amidst fringe conspiracy theories, backed by right-wing radio host Alex Jones, that the Boston Marathon bombings were "false flag" attacks orchestrated by the U.S. government in order to justify expanding their powers.
Our #48hours account has been compromised. We are working with Twitter to resolve the issue.— 48 Hours (@48hours) April 20, 2013
PLEASE NOTE:Our Twitter account was compromised earlier today. We are working with Twitter to resolve.— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 20, 2013
By the afternoon, both accounts were back under control of the rightful parties. However, Saturday evening the 60 Minutes account was once again compromised. The account tweeted "The US government is hiding the real culprit of the Boston bombing" and now is listed as "suspended."