Hacked: The Twitter Account of Controversial Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli
The personal Twitter account of one of the most controversial men of the year has been hacked.
Martin Shkreli, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals can’t seem to catch a break. On Thursday last week, Shkreli faced charges of securities fraud, securities fraud conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in relation to a previous hedge fund endeavor. He stepped down as CEO of Turing Pharma on Friday.
However, the former CEO is more infamous for a widely criticized decision in September this year. Shkreli raised the price of a life-saving antimalarial drug Daraprim by over 5500% (!), a move that garnered plenty of outrage. Anonymous took note, rolling the executive at the time. There were also allegations against Martin Shkreli that accused him of hacking a business rival soon after the enforced price hike. Now, the former CEO has also lost control of his Twitter account to a hacker who has posted a series over the past 11 hours, at the time of publishing.
In an email to Reuters, a spokesman for Shkreli confirmed that the former CEO no longer had control of his social media account.
It was hacked. We have been working with Twitter to get it fixed.
The above tweet, presumably posted by the hacker or hackers who have taken control of the Twitter account is in reference to the recent charges bought upon Martin Shkreli, to which the embattled former executive posted a $5 million bail.
Another tweet was posted in reference to Shkreli’s purchase of the only copy Wu-Tang Clan album, for which he paid millions. When word spread of the then-CEO’s arrest last week, the internet was predictably interested and invested in the well-being of the album, beyond the collective moment of schadenfreude after Martin Shkreli was arrested. Such was the interest in the album — for which the former CEO is rumored to have paid $2 million – that the FBI’s official New York Twitter account even posted an update about the Wu-Tang Clan album.
#Breaking no seizure warrant at the arrest of Martin Shkreli today, which means we didn't seize the Wu-Tang Clan album.
— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) December 17, 2015
Another tweet read:
The hacker(s) presumably want to see the back of the infamous former CEO, as highlighted in the following tweet:
The series of alleged hacker-generated tweets finally ended with:
Featured image from Twitter.