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Followers of a NASA account wokeup to five surprise tweets yesterday. NASA claims it's Twitter feed was hacked by spammers posting advertisements for LCD and plasma flat screen televisions.

NASA worked with Twitter to correct the issue followed by this tweet:

Our apologies for the odd Twitter behavior earlier. We have fixed the problem. Back to tweets from NASA astronauts.

It is unclear whether the password was surreptitiously obtained (such as keylogger, phishing email, brute forced), or another web application attack vector was used (such as CSRF, XSS, Clickjacking, or the like).

The Twitter account is NASA_Astronauts

From Gizmodo:

It was probably a bad password that got cracked. Next time they should remember that 9876543210 only works ok for launches.

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