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Grassley's Twitter account hacked


Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley is back in control of his Twitter account after someone hacked into it and tweeted to his nearly 34,000 followers.

The original tweet was posted at 12:28 p.m. on Monday and read, "Dear Iowans, vote against ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA, because this man, Chuck Grassley, wants YOUR internet censored and all of that BS."

The messages sent Monday mocked him and mentioned measures in Congress dealing with Internet piracy called SOPA and PIPA. Grassley was a co-sponsor of PIPA, but after an online protest, said he would not support the bill without changes to it.

The account appeared to be hacked for more than 15 minutes. The hacker even posted the account password and encouraged others to take over the account.

Grassley's Spokeswoman Jill Kozeny says his staff noticed the hacking "after the first false Tweet was posted." She says Twitter was notified and Grassley's password was changed.

Kozeny says she doesn't know why his account was targeted. The incident was reported to the Senate Sergeant at Arms she says Twitter is investigating.

Grassley was one of the first congressmen to join Twitter in 2007 and posts his own content. His office maintains a separate Twitter account. Grassley was flying to Washington from Des Moines on Monday.

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