The supposed hacker is still posting on the X (formerly Twitter) account of Algorand Foundation CEO Staci Warden after almost a day, mocking followers and the platform alike.
‼️ @StaciW_DC’s account has been compromised.
Please do not click on any links on her account or respond to DMs.
We are in the process of recovering it.
— Algorand Foundation (@AlgoFoundation) January 26, 2024
The Algorand Foundation said on Jan. 25 that it was “in the process” of recovering Staci Warden’s account, but posts containing racial slurs and other insults continue to appear.
As of 6:28 pm UTC on Jan. 26, the unnamed hacker has continued to be active on X, roughly 15 hours after Algorand posted that it was “in the process” of recovering Warden’s account.
The individual has used their time on the platform to post messages containing racial slurs and insults about Warden, both while posting and replying to X users.
Many of the hacker’s activities using the compromised account attacked Warden personally — by changing her profile to claim she “drained 6 figures from my customers and gaslit them into thinking it was a hack” and worked as a “semi professional pole dancer.”
However, many X users seemed to be amused by the disruption, claiming to prefer the hacker’s posts over Warden’s:
You guys gotta admit, the situation is pretty hilarious….🤷♂️
— Alan (@buxdabomb) January 26, 2024
It’s unclear whether X’s help center was responding to the hack. In a Jan. 26 statement posted at 8:10 pm UTC, Algorand chief technology officer John Woods said the firm was still working to regain control of Warden’s account, but “no Algorand systems or accounts have been compromised.”
Hello friends, as we work to regain access to Staci’s personal X (Twitter) account, we wanted to let you know, no Algorand systems or accounts have been compromised.
We will collectively reevaluate all security and authentication measures in place for staff members accounts.
— John Woods (@JohnAlanWoods) January 26, 2024
Individuals have previously been able to temporarily take over high-profile X accounts, such as that of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Jan. 9.
In that case, the hacker was able to release a fake message claiming that the SEC had approved spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETF).
In a Jan. 22 report, the SEC said the hack resulted from a SIM swap attack.