Huffington Post’s 1.5 million twitter followers were baffled for a minute to see a bunch of racist and homophobic tweets being posted today afternoon, until they realized that the publication’s account was compromised.
Apparently, the hacking was done by a person who calls himself ‘cloverfdch’. The offensive tweets have been taken down and things are back to normal now. Officials at Huffington Post haven’t yet reacted on the hacking incident.
UPDATE: Huffington Post has now posted a tweet acknowledging the hacking.
Coincidentally, the twitter and foursquare accounts of the actor Ashton Kutcher was also hacked at around the same time. His account has also been restored now. In Ashton’s case, it appears that the hacker accidentally revealed his own location by using his Foursquare account. Ashton has even posted a picture of the foursquare map with the hacker’s location on twitter.
It is not immediately clear whether their accounts were hacked by the same person.