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Update on @UWMadison Twitter account

May 17, 2017

The @UWMadison Twitter account has been restored after a Wednesday morning hack.

University of Wisconsin–Madison staff became aware of suspicious activity on the account around 6:30 a.m., as it was taking place.

Four unauthorized tweets were posted by an unknown user. Twitter support was immediately contacted, the tweets were removed at 9:30 a.m. and the account has been fully restored.

A specific cause has not yet been identified, but University Communications will undertake a review of its social media account security in the wake of the disruption.

“We’re sorry for the disruption, but we appreciate all of the heads-up messages and support from our friends and alums on social media,” says Nate Moll, social media coordinator.

The situation is a reminder to all social media users to employ strong passwords, two-factor authentication and a periodic review of access and third party apps.

More information is available from Twitter.