@PayPalUK, the Twitter account for PayPal in the UK was hacked tonight and content including changes to their logo was posted. The attackers also posted tweets linking to PayPalSucks.com, an anti-PayPal site and then devoted the next hour to retweeting every complaint they could find about PayPal on Twitter.
It’s worth noting that Twitter is an inherently insecure site with a simple user name/password combination to log in. Whilst it’s deeply embarrassing for PayPal to have their account compromised they aren’t the first and almost certainly won’t be the last high profile account to be hacked. As an aside obviously the PayPal Twitter account is totally unconnected to the main PayPal site and PayPal and their customers accounts are safe.
PayPal have apologised on Twitter saying “We apologise for the bad language and childish nature of tweets that came from this account at the time”. They also said of their Twitter account “This account was hacked earlier. We have it in our control now. Your personal data is still 100% safe, hack occurred on Twitter not PayPal”.
Of course every cloud has a silver lining – it looks like PayPal have gained in excess of 1000 new Twitter followers during the course of this evenings hack. Having regained control of the account the increase in Twitter followers has to be a nice bonus for what must have been a very fraught evening for those that run the PayPal Twitter account.