On Thursday afternoon, hackers accessed the Twitter and email accounts of infamous “playboy” Dan Bilzerian due to a flaw, the attackers say, in AOLcustomer service.
A professional poker player, Bilzerian is “Instagram famous” for frequently posting pictures of himself with stacks of cash or half-naked women, sometimes both.
The reason hackers chose to access his account, they say, is not because of his antics, but because he happens to be an AOL user.
While Bilzerian's attackers were able to hijack his Twitter account, which has over 1.3 million followers, they couldn't get his coveted Instagram account that boasts over 15 million followers, because it wasn't connected to his AOL email address.
One of Bilzerian's hackers, who goes by the Twitter username @4iden, told the Daily Dot in a Twitter direct message conversation that he accessed the account by socially engineering AOL customer service—tricking the representative into effectively handing over the account to the hackers.
Neither AOL nor Twitter immediately responded to our request for comment. We were unable to reach Bilzerian for comment.
4iden provided the Daily Dot with screenshots that he claims are of his singed in AOL mailbox and logged-in Twitter profile, respectively.