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The Oatmeal : Twitter account hacked, points to .XYZ porn

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The Twitter account of the popular web site, The Oatmeal, was apparently hacked earlier today.

Taking over its timeline with pornographic tweets, the hacker changed the profile to a “Janice Perry“.

Oatmeal’s Twitter account has more than 538,000 followers, many of which engage with the fun, cartoon content its owner posts.

Its owner, Matt Inman, was taking a break and went camping for two days, turning his cellphone off. In the meantime, an auto-posting bot that took over his Twitter account started tweeting porn.

He has yet to remove the latest tweets.

The URL-shortened content is linked to the web site AdultOnline-Dating.xyz, which was registered to a Russian the day the XYZ Registry launched a penny per domain promotion.

All of the following .XYZ domains are also registered to the same email account, for a total cost of 16 cents:

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datingonlinesex.xyz
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online-adult.xyz
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The pornographic domains are used for affiliate linking to web sites that pay for account signups.

Their function is to store a cookie in the visitor’s browser which can track eventual sign-ups; that’s how the perpetrator most likely planned to monetize the sizable Oatmeal traffic on Twitter.

The Oatmeal Twitter account got compromised.

The Oatmeal Twitter account got compromised.


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