Has this Twitter account been hacked?

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In summary, the account @jlykken has been hijacked and there is a new Twitter handle @jlykken2 being used by the same person. The account has been suspended. Two factor authentication is essential nowadays, especially for well-known figures.
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I don't post a lot on Twitter, but I do follow numerous people, mostly physicists in my field of interest, so that I can stay up to date on the latest research in the field. The account I am referring to is one such account. I don't know the user personally, but they are an established physicist at Fermilab, and a number of other eminent physicists and organizations follow him, including Short Baseline Near Detector, CLIC, STFC Particle Physics, MicroBoone and even PF. (Hence, tagging @Greg Bernhardt if he can throw some light.)

I know threads in General Discussion are not crawled by search engines, but even then, I am not posting the link to the account in question. Just go to Twitter and search for this: <at> j l y k k e n Do remove the space and replace the symbol as usual.

This person contacted me via private message a day back asking "Hello Man, how are you doing today?" I responded, stating that I am fine, and hope they are doing well too! The next question was, "How is your week going?" A bit informal question to ask a stranger, but I responded with "The usual routine." Next question: "How was work?" At this point, I thought they must have confused me for someone else, as my profile clearly states that I am a student. So, I wrote along the lines of "I am a student and do not work. Studies + work cannot be really done in my country etc."

Now they asked, "What about investments?" I stopped replying.

There is definitely something wrong here. Why would an established physicist from Fermilab, without any context, ask me about my investments? This is undoubtedly something no one is eager to share with anyone else.

Is their account hacked? Apparently, they posted last in December 2022.

Not saying that I will be sharing anything if the account is not hacked, but still curious why someone would ask such a question. Is this type of question in a first-time conversation common in Europe/USA?
 
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Wrichik Basu said:
Is this type of question in a first-time conversation common in Europe/USA?
Absolutely not, asking about your investments.
 
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Sent an email anyway.
 
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Wrichik Basu said:
That's what I thought initially, but if the account is not hacked and he himself did it, I don't know how he would take the email.
No reliable correspondent would be asking you about investments just out of the blue. It's an intro to a scam.
 
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Yes, the account `@jlykken` has been hijacked. There is a new Twitter handle `@jlykken2` from the same person that verified the hijack!
 
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And Twitter seems to have suspended the hijacked account.
 
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Yes, it is really sad to see that some people are trying to scam people in the guise of a well-known Physicist. He too is also a serious victim here. We have to keep in mind that He is 65 and has an illustrious career.
 
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Yes, it is really sad to see that some people are trying to scam people in the guise of a well-known Physicist. He too is also a serious victim here. We have to keep in mind that He is 65 and has an illustrious career.
2FA is very essential nowadays, especially if you are a famous figure.
 
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Wrichik Basu said:
2FA is very essential nowadays, especially if you are a famous figure.
2FA ???
 
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phinds said:
2FA ???
berkeman said:
I'm guessing Two Factor Authentication, like after you enter your password, a code is sent to your cell phone for you to type in to finish your login...
Yeah, 2-factor authentication. Either via text message or from an authenticator app.
 
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