Hackers compromised 33 Twitter accounts on Monday, including those of Barack Obama, Britney Spears and Bill O'Reilly, and posted embarrassing and, in some cases, obscene news items, according to multiple news sources and Twitter.

The Washington Times reported that at about 12:30 p.m. EST a message was sent to the president-elect's followers asking them to participate in a survey. The message read, "What is your opinion on Barack Obama? Take the survey and possibly win $500 in free gas." The message contained a link to a two-question survey on another Web site.

Other famous Twitter accounts were also victimized. CNN.com reported that Fox News Twitter followers were greeted with a faux news items declaring that popular news personality Bill O'Reilly was gay. It has since been removed.

Hackers also spread salacious rumors through Britney Spears' and CNN newsman Rick Sanchez's Twitter accounts.


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By day, Hilton Collins is a staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines who covers sustainability, cybersecurity and disaster management issues. By night, he’s a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic, and if he had to choose between comic books, movies, TV shows and novels, he’d have a brain aneurysm. He can be reached at hcollins@govtech.com and on @hiltoncollins on Twitter.