CNN anchor Rick Sanchez‘ very active Twitter account was hacked earlier this afternoon, along with Fox News’ page (and Britney Spears‘). WebNewser has more information. Twitter warned about the possibility of “phishing” in a blog post on Saturday.
> Update: CNN has released this statement regarding the hacking incident:
Twitter accounts used by CNN’s Rick Sanchez and many others were recently compromised. As a result, some Twitter users may have received offensive messages attributed to Rick when the breach occurred. This is annoying, though such breaches are not uncommon when using social networking sites.
Rick has notified Twitter of his account’s breach and taken some basic steps to secure his account’s access. Rick enjoys communicating with viewers via Twitter and he and many others at CNN find social networking a valuable tool in their shows. Rick will continue to use Twitter — along with MySpace and Facebook — to engage CNN’s audience.