Hackers send porn, racist threats from Tampa mayor's Twitter account

The official Twitter account of Tampa's mayor was hacked early Thursday.

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The official Twitter account of Tampa's mayor was hacked early Thursday.

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The Twitter account of a Florida mayor was hacked early Thursday, with the culprits posting racist, pornographic and homophobic content for several hours, WTSP reported.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s verified Twitter account also posted a bomb threat against Tampa International Airport and anti-Semitic content, the television station reported.

The account was filled with the offensive content from 2:50 a.m. to 9:08 a.m., WFLA reported.

Tampa Police Department spokesman Steve Hegarty said the hack was "very persistent," adding it "went on for several hours and they changed up a lot of things," WTVT reported.

Buckhorn, who is on a hunting trip in South Carolina, said in an email that police are investigating the hack, WTSP reported.

"Nobody wants that stuff out there," Ashley Bauman, the mayor's spokeswoman, said Thursday.

The hackers appeared to take over the mayor's Twitter account with an initial post that said, "Hacked by @MeeZoid @CxlvxnSwag @SheepKiller69 you can't touch US ####," WFLA reported.The threats included an AK-47 attack at Tampa's City Hall, attacks on blacks and a bomb threat at the airport, the television station reported.

Tampa International Airport spokesman Danny Valentine said the airport was aware of the threats, WFLA reported. Valentine said airport police Chief Charlie Vazquez told him the threat was not credible, but security measures were still taken.

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