If you happen to follow Martin Shkreli—the former CEO of a pharmaceutical company who’s currently facing a slew of charges for U.S. securities fraud—on Twitter, you may have noticed some unusual changes in his profile over the weekend. That’s because Shkreli’s Twitter account had reportedly been hacked. His Twitter handle remained the same, but the screen name was been changed to “Martin The God” and the profile description read, “F*ck Yall…” along with a link to his former company, Turing Pharmaceuticals.
The hack was first noticed yesterday when this incongruent post went up: “Chat shit get banged Martin ye? [sic]” Several followers commented on the confusing tweet, until someone finally pointed out that his account appeared to have been hacked. This became increasingly apparent with the other tweets that were posted throughout the day.
There was also a tweet about “giving away WUTANG album” in exchange for retweets, a mockery of Shkreli spending $2 million to buy the only copy of the group’s album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, but not because he actually wanted to listen to it, but so that he could “keep it from people.” In another tweet, Shkreli’s hackers wrote, “I got anal aids now good thing the pill is right here for $700 [sic],” an obvious nod to the heated controversy about Shkreli hiking up the price of a popular lifesaving AIDS drug to $750 per pill. (It originally cost less than $15.) The last two tweets read, “Anyone want free money? Willing to donate hundreds of thousands to charities before I go to prison…” and, “I am now a god.”
However, Shkreli seems to have now regained control of his Twitter account. The tweets that were posted by the hackers have been deleted and he shared the following update: “I was hacked–I now have control of this account. — @MartinShkreli.”
Since his arrest on December 17, Shkreli has formally resigned from his position as the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and has also been fired from his position as CEO of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals. He has plead not guilty and was released on bail for $5 million. Before his Twitter account got hacked, Shkreli called the accusations against him “baseless and without merit.”
I am confident I will prevail. The allegations against me are baseless and without merit. — Martin The God (@MartinShkreli) December 19, 2015