UW-Madison Twitter account hacked

UW-Madison Twitter account hacked

Someone hacked into the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s main Twitter account Wednesday and sent out a couple of profane messages,university officials confirmed.

Four unauthorized tweets were posted by an unknown user, and the university said it was made aware of suspicious activity at about 6:30 a.m.

UW-Madison, which has about 160,000 followers on its @UWMadison Twitter account, said it worked with Twitter support and the tweets were removed at 9:30 a.m.

One tweet read: “lol why go to university when u can just sit at home and fail at life and stuff.” It was preceded by a nonsensical yet foul tweet, which when censored, reads “deada** f*ck thots on god.” A third tweet highlighted an account that had been suspended as of late Wednesday morning, and the fourth tweet linked to a YouTube video.

University communications officials said they will review social media account security in the wake of the hack.

“We’re sorry for the disruption, but we appreciate all of the heads-up messages and support from our friends and alums on social media,” said social media coordinator Nate Moll.