Published April 14, 2013
| Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela – 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.