Baltimore, MD – Just weeks after the Baltimore state’s attorney indicted for lying on mortgage applications shut down her personal media accounts, somebody hacked the official Twitter account of the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of perjury and making false mortgage applications on Jan. 13.
Mosby has been accused of lying about having experienced financial hardship in order to withdraw money from her city retirement account.
Prosecutors said Mosby then used her ill-gotten gains to purchase two homes in Florida, and then lied on the loans applications for those purchases as well, The Washington Post reported.
The state prosecutor has claimed she was targeted by prosecutors because she’s “seeking racial justice” even though the federal indictment against her was brought by a black U.S. attorney.
U.S. Attorney of Maryland Erek L. Barron, the state’s lead federal prosecutor, is also a Democrat who was appointed by President Biden.
But Mosby’s attorney has claimed that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland “conspired to wrongfully indict my client on non-tax related charges,” NewsOne reported.
Mosby’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, said federal prosecutors “were not interested in the truth or exculpatory evidence or justice, but rather only concerned with obtaining an indictment and bringing false charges… at all or any costs.”
WBFF reported on Feb. 14 that Mosby’s personal social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram had disappeared.
Prior to Valentine’s Day, the controversial prosecutor best known for trying to convict six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, with a total lack of evidence, had a very active social media presence on multiple platforms.
But as of Feb. 14, the @MarilynMosbyEsq Twitter account had ceased to exist and the other accounts returned messages that said they were not available, WBFF reported.
Business as usual continued on the official Twitter account for the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office until Thursday.
The @BaltimoreSAO verified Twitter account was hacked on Feb. 24, the New York Post reported.
The account’s header picture was switched and the account name was changed to “Baltimore #SENSHI,” with a description that read “Ambassador for @SenshiiNFT,” according to WBFF.
And the account began retweeting posts shared by the @SenshiiNFT account.
WBFF direct messaged the @BaltimoreSAO account and talked to its new occupant.
The person who took over Mosby’s office account claimed to have bought the credentials to access @BaltimoreSAO on a Discord channel and said they were just using it to promote an NFT.
An NFT is a digital record which shows that somebody has imaginary ownership of an item; these items are often digital, such as digital artwork or music, but the NFT doesn’t grant intellectual property ownership of the item.
NFTs have seen a rise in popularity as a speculative investment in inherently worthless digital goods.
WBFF said that its reporter told the hacker that they had taken over the Twitter account for a government agency.
“Oh damn,” the person responded, according to the television station.
Then the hacker asked how they could return the Twitter handle of the @BaltimoreSAO account to its proper owner, according to WBFF.
The television station said it provided the person with contact info for someone in Mosby’s office.
Mosby’s office, however, did not respond to requests for comment from WBFF.
Overnight, @BaltimoreSAO went dark and the pictures were changed to black screens.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday morning, the Baltimore state’s attorney’s Twitter account appeared to back in the proper hands and went back up with a Black History Month background and the Maryland state seal.
The NFT project that the person had said they were promoting told WBFF that it was completely unaware of the hack of Mosby’s office Twitter and had nothing to do with it.
“Thats crazy, just looked through it all. Yeah definitely no affiliation on our side of things. Sorry for any inconvenience,” somebody at the NFT account wrote to WBFF in a direct message.