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A US Coast Guard Twitter account was hacked, inviting followers for sex


Someone hacked a U.S. Coast Guard Twitter account and briefly turned it into a spambot, inviting followers for sex.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Nate Littlejohn said the Mid-Atlantic account, which covers the Coast Guard from New Jersey to South Carolina, was compromised Monday morning.  The profile photo and bio were changed into an invitation for sex, and the account tweeted a racy selfie. 

The Coast Guard took control of the account again within 10 minutes and tweeted an apology.

Here's the offending tweet. Notice the @USCGMidAtlantic handle.

Here's the Coast Guard's apology.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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