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Venezuela's Maduro's Twitter account hacked

The Twitter account of Venezuela governing party candidate Nicolas Maduro has been hacked and whoever is behind the takeover seems to have a sense of humor.

Shortly after taking control of the account, which has more than 700,000 followers, the hacker cracked a joke:

"Thank you to all of those who follow me on this Twitter account," the hacker tweeted. "I just got 700,000 followers in record time."

Maduro's account was hacked around 6 p.m. as Venezuelans awaited the results of Sunday's presidential election pitting the interim president against opposition leader Henrique Capriles.