White House Twitter Account Caught In Tweetdeck Hack

At least one account used by high-level Obama administration officials got caught by the hack Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — The Tweetdeck vulnerability discovered Wednesday briefly lowered the security walls for all users. That included top officials at the White House.

The TweetDeck vulnerability, which has the ability to give hackers “access to your login in credentials,” was fixed quickly in a patch pushed out by Twitter Wednesday.

The update didn’t come soon enough for Katherine Vargas, the White House director of Hispanic media. Her account retweeted a strange string of programming script, the telltale sign of an account that had been hacked.

A source familiar outside the White House told BuzzFeed other administration accounts were caught up in the TweetDeck hack, as well.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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