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Security fears after stars' hack.

Byline: JAMIE HARRIS

TWITTER accounts belonging to stars including Louis Theroux, Eamonn Holmes and Saira Khan were hacked to expose a security flaw on the social network.

A message reading, "This account has been temporarily hijacked by INSINIA SECURITY" appeared on several pages, in an effort to highlight an apparent vulnerability in the way Twitter uses texts to secure accounts.

The security firm said the users had not lost access to their accounts and none of their data was compromised.

"We understood the way Twitter handles incoming texts from your number," researchers said in a post.

"If we can text from what appears to be your number then we can interact with, and fully control, your Twitter account."

In tricking Twitter's verification system, they were able to fully use the target's account, the company claimed, meaning they could send tweets, direct messages, retweet and like tweets, as well as follow and unfollow people.

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Date:Dec 29, 2018
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