Lewd Photo Sent Over Rep. Weiner's Hacked Twitter Account

College student tagged in tweet speaks out

Monday, May 30, 2011  |  Updated 7:49 PM EDT
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Brooklyn and Queens Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner could only try to find humor in the situation he found himself in Friday night when his Twitter account was hacked and a lewd photo posted under his account.

The photo showed a man's crotch in gray briefs, and was directed to a single Twitter user -- 21-year-old Gennette Cordova, a Seattle college student, according to the Daily News -- but Weiner's 45,000 followers were able to see it in their Twitter feeds.

Weiner saw the picture almost immediately, just minutes after tweeting about a hockey game. He pulled the photo down.

About 15 minutes later, he joked in a new tweet, "Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next? #TheToasterIsVeryLoyal."

Weiner said in another tweet Sunday night, "Touche Prof Moriarity. More Weiner Jokes for all my guests! #Hacked!"

A computer hacker had apparently gained access to Weiner's Facebook and Twitter accounts and posted the picture, a spokesman for Weiner told the Post.

Cordova told the News she knew who the hacker was, and that she had been harrassed for weeks online after she started following Weiner on Twitter and the congressman added her to his list of about 200 people he follows.

Her harrasser "started posting about me, saying, 'Oh, the congressman is following school girls,' tweeting it over and over. It was very annoying," Cordova told the Daily News. When the crotch shot appeared online, she said the same Twitter user was the first to comment on it.

[Read Cordova's entire statement to the Daily News]

Weiner's spokeman, Dave Arnold, said the congressman received an email about a week ago warning him his Facebook account may have been hacked. But the message went ignored, giving the hacker access to Weiner's online accounts.

Arnold later told the Associated Press Sunday the Twitter episode was "a distraction" from the congressman's "important work representing his constituents."

It first was reported Saturday by BigGovernment.com, a website run by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart.

Weiner's camp is now seeking legal action to investigate who hacked the account.

"We are loath to treat it as more, but we are relying on professional advice," Weiner's spokesman Dave Arnold told the News.

Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, a former top Senate aide to Hillary Clinton. The couple didn't say anything to the News while they went for a walk outside their Forest Hills home Sunday.

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