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Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s Twitter page restored after attack by hackers

Hillsborough County

The investigation into the person or people who hacked Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s Twitter page continues Thursday.

The culprits made a bomb threat against Tampa International Airport, then tweeted racist and homophobic comments.

A Tampa police spokesman said detectives have found no credible threats in their investigation at the airport.

The hackers appeared to take over the mayor’s Twitter account just before 4 a.m. with an initial post that said, “Hacked by @MeeZoid @CxlvxnSwag @SheepKiller69 you can’t touch US ####.”

“Nobody wants that stuff out there,” said Ashley Bauman, the mayor’s spokeswoman.

Hackers changed Buckhorn’s cover and profile photos multiple times and at one point renamed the account “Bob Cuckhorn” with a bio that said “City of Tampa’s Mayor. White supremacist. Hater of #######.”

Images of child porn were also posted on the page.

The hackers also sent out a fake emergency alert: “EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAD INBOUND TO TAMPA BAY AREA. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

At one point, the hackers added a name and address to Mayor Buckhorn’s profile and tweeted, “4157 Devonshire CT NE, Salem, Oregon, 97305, United States come get me guys im the hacker.”

The city worked diligently with leaders at Twitter to remove the comments and get the mayor’s page back up and running, minus the negative posts.

“Twitter Government has been really helpful in removing the offensive and threatening tweets and working with us to make sure that he has full access to everything that he’s tweeted in the past,” Bauman said.

Steve Hegarty, a spokesman with the police department, said the agency is working with the FBI in case the tweets originated out of state.

At the time of the hack, Buckhorn was on a hunting trip in South Carolina.

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