Vodacom’s official Twitter account seems to have been hacked.
The account started repeatedly posting the same tweet 2–3 times per minute from about 01:10 on the morning of Tuesday, 25 February 2014.
“The fastest way to burn off fat & lose weight featured & recommended from Dr Oz. show,” the tweet read, followed by a link that had been pushed through a URL shortener.
Testing a sample of the hyperlinks at the end of the tweets suggested that even though they looked different (thanks to the URL shortener), they all pointed to the same site.
Vodacom’s Twitter account was also posting reply messages to other users with what seemed to be a link to a phishing site.
A Vodacom spokesperson was not immediately available to comment in the early hours of the morning.
Update: Vodacom removed the weight loss tweets on Tuesday, with the message “Seems the hacking gremlins were hard at work on our timeline last night. Apologies for the tweets.”