Hacked Anderson Cooper Twitter Account Sent Reply to Trump Over Roy Moore
CNN worked to secure the account after the tweet called Trump a "pathetic loser" for endorsing Roy Moore.
Anderson Cooper's Twitter account was hacked early Wednesday morning, shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted his second remark about Doug Jones' stunning upset over Roy Moore in Tuesday's Alabama Senate race.
In response to Trump's early morning tweet — in which he said embattled Republican candidate Moore "worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!" — a tweet was sent from Cooper's account that read, "Oh really! You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser."
The tweet was deleted when Cooper regained control over his account, though the moment was captured by Twitter users.
"Just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account," Cooper quickly tweeted in the early Wednesday hours. "i have not sent a tweet in days or replied to any tweets. We are looking into how this happened." [sic]
CNN confirmed the hack through its own communications handle, saying, "This morning someone gained access to the handle @andersoncooper and replied to POTUS. We're working with Twitter to secure the account."
Despite an endorsement from Trump, Moore, who was dogged by sexual scandals and child molestation allegations heading into Tuesday's election, lost a tight race to Jones — the first Democratic Senate victory since 1992 in red-state Alabama. Trump congratulated Jones on his victory late Tuesday night, but early Wednesday morning he tweeted, "The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!"
just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account. i have not sent a tweet in days or replied to any tweets. We are looking into how this happened.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 13, 2017
This morning someone gained access to the handle @andersoncooper and replied to POTUS. We're working with Twitter to secure the account.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 13, 2017
Later on Wednesday, CNN confirmed the tweet was sent by someone who had gained access to the anchor's assistant's phone.
"Geolocation tools confirm that the tweet in question was not sent from Anderson Cooper’s phone," read a statement from the network. "Anderson was in Washington, and we have proof the tweet was sent from New York, from a phone belonging to his assistant."
The statement added: "His assistant inadvertently left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym early this morning, and someone took the phone and sent the tweet. His assistant, who has worked with Anderson for more than a decade, is the only other person with access to Anderson’s Twitter account."
Dec. 13, 1:30 p.m. Updated with CNN statement.