Hacker Takes Over Westboro Baptist Church Twitter Account

A hacker claiming to be UGNazi member Cosmo the God has commandeered the Twitter account of Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper, who had recently announced plans to picket Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“[Cosmo] replaced the inflammatory public figure’s background with an image asking visitors to pray for the victims, friends, and family of those lost in Newtown last week,” International Digital Times reports. “Cosmo has also been reminding all who visit the account that there is currently a petition on the White House’ official ‘We The People’ website asking President Obama to declare the Westboro Baptist Church a hate group.”

“Cosmo himself, who lives in Long Beach and turns 16 in March, is a famed teen hacker, and just last month was sentenced in juvenile court for felonies such as credit card theft and online impersonation,” writes Betabeat’s Jessica Roy. “Placed on probation until his 21st birthday, Cosmo isn’t allowed to use the Internet without consent from a parole officer or have any contact with members of Anonymous or UG Nazi. If it’s really him, clearly these actions against WBC would violate his parole. ‘COSMO? Cosmo THE GOD?’ reads one tweet he retweeted. ‘I think this might be a violation of your parole, brah. #soworthit.'”

“I just talked with an alleged member of UGNazi, who says the group took control of Shirley’s account 4.5 hours ago: ‘We hacked their mail server se’d [social engineered] the host , reset [the Twitter] password through the mail server,'” writes Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle.

Later, Biddle noted that the above statement may be incorrect. “Still, it’s likely that UGNazi broke into Shirley’s account using a method very close to that description,” he wrote.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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