Hackers are spreading Islamic State propaganda by hijacking dormant Twitter accounts

Hackers are spreading Islamic State propaganda by hijacking dormant Twitter accounts

Hackers are using a decade-old flaw to target and hijack dormant Twitter accounts to spread terrorist propaganda.

Many of the affected Twitter accounts appeared to be hijacked in recent days or weeks — some longer — after years of inactivity. A sudden shift in tone or the language used in tweets often gives away the hijack — usually a single tweet in Arabic, sometimes praising Allah or retweeting propaganda from another account.

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