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March 24, 2010

Obama's Twitter Hacker Arrested

By Kelly McGuire, TMCnet Editor


U.S. President Barack Obama is making headlines this week with the controversial healthcare bill and all its changes slated to take effect starting this year.

Now, depending on what side of the fence you are, this new initiative could have you applauding, or cursing the president.

And for one individual, an unemployed 25-year-old French man, words just weren’t enough: he took action. Affectionately calling himself the “Hacker Croll,” this unnamed individual took to hacking into Obama’s Twitter posting messages along the lines of: “What is your opinion on Barack Obama? Take the survey and possibly win $500 in free gas” were toted around the Internet.

But his little games are now over. According to a French policeman, Hacker Croll was arrested in the Puyde-Dome region of central France after an operation conducted jointly with U.S. agents from the FBI that lasted several months pinpointed his whereabouts.

However unfortunate – and seemingly monumental – Obama’s Twitter account was not Hacker Croll’s first offense; the sneaky little man has hacked into attacked Facebook and email accounts operated by Google (News - Alert)and other providers as well. Despite breaching privacy and additional laws, it has been reported that the hacker extraordinaire never attempted to profit financially from his hacking activities.

He had managed to secure Twitter’s administrator codes and was able to create, modify or delete accounts at will, a source said, adding that the hacker set up a blog to share his discoveries. The French hacker was known to police here for minor scams that had netted €15,000, or $20,000 dollars, according to the police.


Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly 'green' technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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