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Several CBS News Twitter Accounts Hacked

hackedCareful what you click on via Twitter for the next few hours, especially if the link comes with a provocative headline and is from an affiliate of CBS or one of its network news programs.

CBS News confirmed via its primary Twitter account that various accounts operated by its high-profile news magazine shows “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” have been compromised. The links are said to be serving up malware, so, again, don’t click on them.

Also confirmed to have been hacked is @CBSDenver, the Twitter account associated with the news division of the local affiliate in Denver, Colo.

We have experienced problems on Twitter accounts of #60Minutes & @; We apologize for the inconvenience; Twitter is resolving issues
CBS News

PLEASE NOTE: Our Twitter account was compromised earlier today. We are working with Twitter to resolve.
60 Minutes

PLEASE NOTE: A message that was posted earlier to this account was not written or sent by @ or its staff.
60 Minutes

Since the offending tweets will probably disappear within the hour, here are some screen grabs. (Update: They already vanished.)



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— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik