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Arizona Republic's AZInsider Twitter Account Hacked; Now Provides Porn Links

Want to know where to find Web cam shots of the hottest chicks?

Just follow the Arizona Republic's political insider news service on Twitter, azinsider.

Earlier today, the tweets coming from the state's largest newspaper chirped about various government goings-on, as usual:

Court concludes its hearing with requests to both sides for how they would have court rule, and the legal reason why. about 3 hours ago from web

Justice Ryan to governor's attorney: Do you really want to enshrine in the Constitution a requirement for immediate bill transmittal? about 4 hours ago from web

Gov. Brewer present as court hearing on her lawsuit begins; her attorney is talking first about 4 hours ago from web

Protest signs outside the Supreme Court: "Legislative leaders: Let the budget go," "State Supreme Court: Stop the Travesty" about 4 hours ago from web

Then the site got hacked and began pumping out dozens of messages like these:

Clicking on those links takes you to a site like this:

We'll take a wild guess here and assume that the Repub had an easy-to-guess password that someone figured out.

If that's the case, it may be a while before the newspaper gains control of its tweets.

UPDATE: The Republic started a new Twitter account, azcinsider, and put up this message:

Our old site, @azinsider has been taken over by aliens. If Twitter cannot restore it, this will be our state Capitol/AZ politics news site. about 1 hour ago from web

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.