World's 'most hated' CEO Martin Shkreli has account hacked
The Twitter account of Martin Shkreli, the US pharmaceutical executive who caused a public furore after hiking the price of a life-saving AIDS drug, has been hacked, according to his spokesman.
A series of bizarre tweets were sent from the 32-year-old's account on Monday (NZT), including an offer to give away money, claims that he was "a god", and a competition to give away a Wu-Tang Clan album.
"It was hacked," Craig Stevens, a spokesman for the former chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, said in an email of Shkreli's Twitter account.
"We have been working with Twitter to get it fixed."
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Shkreli became a symbol of Wall Street greed when it was reported this year that he raised the price of Daraprim - a drug primarily used for newborns and HIV patients - so that the average cost of treatment jumped from US$1130 ($1676) to US$63,000.
Anyone want free money? Willing to donate hundreds of thousands to charities before I go to prison...— Martin The God (@MartinShkreli) December 20, 2015
Giving away WUTANG album RT for a chance to win— Martin The God (@MartinShkreli) December 20, 2015
I am now a god— Martin The God (@MartinShkreli) December 20, 2015
Critics labelled Shkreli a "putz" and a "psychopath", while his actions earned him the nickname "Pharmo Bro".
He was arrested on securities fraud charges on Friday (NZT) and released on bail.
Following his arrest, Shkreli took to Twitter to say the fraud allegations against him were "baseless and without merit".
Then on Monday, his Twitter handle was changed to "Martin The God", and a series of seven tweets were sent from his account, including: "Anyone want free money? Willing to donate hundreds of thousands to charities before I go to prison ...".
Another tweet related to a Wu-Tang Clan Album. Shkreli reportedly spent US$2 million purchasing a one-of-a-kind secret album, Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, which legions of die-hard fans may never now get to hear. The infamous CEO admitted earlier this month that he hadn't even listened to the album yet and was "saving for a rainy day".
Stevens said he was checking whether Shkreli's YouTube live stream, which he had been broadcasting from a day after leaving jail, had also been hacked.
A Twitter spokesman said the company did not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. YouTube representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Shkreli stepped down as CEO of Turing, a day after he was charged with securities fraud, securities fraud conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.
The charges related to his alleged activities when he ran a hedge fund and worked at Retrophin, his first pharmaceutical company, not for anything at Turing.
The maximum sentence for the top count is 20 years in prison.
- Brisbane Times