Piers Morgan’s Twitter account was evidently hacked overnight and his 8 million-plus followers were in for a ride by a foul-mouthed troll calling for the “territorial integrity” of Somalia.
Using foul language and racial slurs, the hacker tweeted a number of messages before the account was throttled.
Caution: Inappropriate language
Piers Morgan has been hacked. pic.twitter.com/J0VHEltEIB
— Yashar Ali یاشار (@yashar) December 27, 2022
The account was hacked by a group identifying themselves as the “Chuckling Squad,” a group of hackers who gained notoriety in 2019 for taking over a number of high-profile Twitter accounts belonging to various celebrities and public figures, according to the Daily Mail.
While social media users pondered how long the spectacle may last, the account was reportedly wiped clean within an hour.
It appears Piers Morgan’s Twitter account has been hacked and has been posting for the last hour. It’s 4am in UK where he’s based so who knows how long this will go on for…
— Suzanne Kianpour (@KianpourWorld) December 27, 2022
The British newspaper said it has not been officially confirmed that hackers are part of The Chuckling Squad, reporting: “The group has claimed responsibility for a number of high-profile hacks in the past and have used ‘SIM swapping attacks’ as a method in which a hacker takes control of a victim’s phone number by tricking or coercing a phone company into transferring the number to a SIM card that the hacker controls.”
Other celebrities, including former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, were also targeted, according to the Daily Mail, and the hackers “caused chaos on the platform for about an hour before Twitter was able to take control of the situation and removing all of the offensive tweets.”
In the end, social media users appeared to have been entertained by the intrusion… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
“I’ve figured out Piers Morgan’s Twitter Password….” pic.twitter.com/Uu9tuEO2L7
— Gerard McCarthy (@Gerard_McCarthy) December 27, 2022
Elon, please let it go a few hours … it is sort of funny.
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) December 27, 2022
What if he’s just had too much eggnog?
— SETH WEATHERS (@sethweathers) December 27, 2022
Nah, I don’t think he has. Looks pretty normal for Piers.
— Myles Davies (@mylesdavies) December 27, 2022
He uses the n word way more than that.
— Zack “May Not Be Notable” Hunt (@ZaackHunt) December 27, 2022
How sad is it that the greatest tweets Piers Morgan will ever send are after being hacked?
— Jordan Lamonte III (@deep_state_ceo) December 27, 2022
Twitter apparently became aware of the Piers Morgan account hack when a series of tweets the hackers posted failed to make any mention of Meghan Markle.
— Tommy Maguire (@RationalPanic) December 27, 2022
Piers Morgan getting hacked by a Somali is the most funniest thing to have happened today pic.twitter.com/ALaJxBqWnd
— Grandfather (@sahal_ow) December 27, 2022
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