Piers Morgan is the most recent well-known person to have their Twitter account hacked. The former Good Morning Britain host, who has 8.3 million followers on the social media platform, had no profile photo, banner image, or postings after the incident at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. After hackers gained control of 57-year-old Morgan’s account, a flurry of racial and insulting tweets were made in reference to the late Queen, the artist Ed Sheeran, as well as other celebrities.
Direct messages were also leaked. In the midst of the offensive tweets, the hacker did seem to reveal a screenshot of a conversation between Morgan and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
The “Chuckling Squad,” a group that claimed responsibility for the attack, also demanded recognition of Somalia’s territorial integrity. Despite the seriousness of the comments, it took Twitter security personnel hours to identify the false tweets from Morgan and remove them. After leaving GMB, Morgan, 57, joined TalkTV this year as the host of its Uncensored program. However, Morgan has not spoken out about what transpired.
He has been an outspoken advocate for Elon Musk seizing control of Twitter, which may have been the cause of his special treatment. Scammers sent millions of phishing emails demanding fast action for “blue tick” status to be retained after Mr. Musk hinted that verified account holders, presumably of higher interest to the public, may have to pay a monthly charge. These emails’ links have given hackers access to accounts. Whether Morgan fell for the con and unknowingly gave hackers access to his profile is unknown.