Twitter accounts for the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department and The Commons were hacked over the weekend.
Subscribers to the Twitter feed for @ColumbusINParks and @commonscolumbus received unsolicited direct messages such as one asking, “Have you seen this pic of you?” The city accounts sent out a Tweet advertising weight-loss techniques. Links included in the messages directed readers to websites not associated with the city parks department that appear to have been deactivated.
Katia Hatter, marketing and public relations coordinator for the parks department, said the city was alerted to the hack early Monday morning and passwords for the accounts were changed.
The parks department Twitter feed had 340 followers and The Commons had 265 followers as of Monday afternoon.