On Wednesday, WIRED senior reporter Dell Cameron was permanently suspended from Twitter after he asked for and obtained hacked materials from Matt Walsh’s Twitter account.
"Spoke with the hacker who says he compromised Matt Walsh’s account, and who was able to supply some convincing proof they’d gained access to his personal email account. Story TK," a tweet from just after midnight on Wednesday read.
In a post to Mastodon, Cameron stated that he "just got permanently suspended for publishing this story," linking to an article he wrote titled: "The Hacker Who Hijacked Matt Walsh’s Twitter Was Just Bored."
Another post revealed that Cameron was suspended from Twitter for violations of the social media’s policies "against the distribution of hacked materials."
The story alleges that this hacker provided screenshots of "an apparent copy of Walsh’s W2 tax form, which lists his employer as Bentkey Services, LLC, the publisher of the Daily Wire," "a direct message on Twitter from Shapiro from 2017; emails between Walsh and the conservative commentator Steven Crowder, host of the Louder with Crowder podcast, dated March 2014; and a photo of Walsh holding up a paper dated November 2020—apparently used to authenticate some type of accompanying message."
In the article, Cameron stated that the hacker went by the alias "Doomed," who said, "The intent was to make funny tweets, as Matt Walsh likes to ‘trigger’ people. We caused no financial harm, threatened anyone, [nor] ruined anything."
Other screenshots given to Cameron allegedly showed the hacker "in the midst of compromising Walsh’s accounts, triggering authenticating requests received on the SIM-swapped device."
Walsh’s Twitter account appeared compromised on Tuesday evening, with the bio being changed to promote a rap Spotify account called "Sassy Shooters."
Among the tweets issued by the hacked account were "Joe Rogan is a pedophile," "I Can Confirm Andrew Tate @Cobratate Kidnapped And R*ped Those Girls," "@benshapiro You Know What You Did, You Are A Closeted Homosexual And Hide Behind Being Jewish," and a pinned tweet that read: "My Pronouns Are That/Nigga."
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
Ango Ngo contributed to this report.
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