[UPDATE: See updates below. This has clearly happened to thousands and thousands of people today. -- P]
This morning I noticed a couple of odd tweets in my Twitter stream. One was from Charles C. Johnson:
Hm. That doesn’t sound like something he’d say. Then there was this:
Simon Dodd is someone who likes to blog about his admiration for Antonin Scalia. Not the sort of fella you’d think would be hawking some diet product — which is what the link turned out to be. It was, unsurprisingly, a link to the same page that Chuck’s was. I DM’d Chuck to ask if he had been hacked, and he said he had.
It’s not over. Now we have the president of FIRE, an excellent organization supporting free speech on campus:
And then Rob Long:
Rob made it clear what he thinks is going on:
It seems to me that several people have been hacked on the same day — and it’s possible that, as Rob says, Twitter itself has been hacked. I can’t seem to find a news story about it, but this is too much to be a coincidence. If you see other suspicious tweets today, link them below and ideally screenshot them.
UPDATE: Still more:
I just did a Twitter search for “fruit” which revealed dozens and dozens of Tweets in the last five minutes about the amazing weight-loss fruit. This is an epidemic and I predict it will be all over the Internet news by tonight. You saw it here first.
UPDATE: If you scroll down that Twitter fruit search, my guess is that thousands of accounts have been hacked.