Embarrassment as US cyber ambassador’s Twitter account is hacked

A top US cyber diplomat said his Twitter account was compromised over the weekend.

Nate Fick, the inaugural US ambassador at large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy, on Saturday announced the hack of his personal account (not the government agency one) with – of course – a tweet

“Perils of the job,” he added, suggesting that his sense of irony remains intact. Assuming that was an authorized tweet, of course.

My account has been hacked. Perils of the job…

— Nate Fick (@ncfick) February 5, 2023

The US Department of State did not immediately respond to The Register‘s questions about who was responsible for the attack, how they accessed Fick’s account, or whether the miscreants posted any nonsense, such as the cryptocurrency endorsements that appeared on the hacked account of UK education secretary Gillian Keegan after her Twitter account was compromised.

Twitter also did not respond to The Register‘s inquiries, including whether this account breach was related to the recent online dumps of Twitter users’ data.

To be fair, the micro-blogging company has axed its public relations department, which could explain its lack of response. Plus, its chief information security officer quit in November, which could explain the slapdash security of late.

Fick was sworn into office in September, and he serves as America’s first-ever cyberspace ambassador at the State Department’s first Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, which launched in April 2022.

The bureau is tasked with addressing “national security challenges,

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