Hacker seizes control of Maduro's Twitter account

Twitter account of Venezuela's governing party candidate taken over by hacker on election day

Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Twitter account of Venezuela governing party candidate Nicolas Maduro has been hacked and whoever is behind the takeover seems to have a sense of humor.

Shortly after taking control of the account, which has more than 700,000 followers, the hacker cracked a joke:

"Thank you to all of those who follow me on this Twitter account," the hacker tweeted. "I just got 700,000 followers in record time."

Maduro's account was hacked around 6 p.m. as Venezuelans awaited the results of Sunday's presidential election pitting the interim president against opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

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