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High-Tech Tesla's Website, Twitter Account Hijacked By Angry, Ranting Hackers

FREMONT (CBS SF) -- High-tech automaker Tesla got hijacked Saturday when angry hackers took over its website and Twitter account.

Around 1:52 p.m., the Twitter account's name was changed to #RIPPRGANG and posted, "This Twitter is now ran [sic] by Henry Blair Strater [sic] from Oswego Illinois, call me at [number redacted]"

Twitter Hack

Soon, the account began promising free Teslas for anyone who called. According to TechCrunch, the number belonged to a repair shop in Illinois, that was flooded with calls.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's personal Twitter account was hijacked, as well.

At about the same time the Twitter account was hijacked, Tesla's website was hacked. Visitors were automatically redirected to a website with 'ISIS' in its URL, blaring an expletive-laden ranting video, and a picture of a man resembling Osama Bin Laden behind the wheel of a Tesla. "Hacked by Autismsquad."

Screenshot of hacked Tesla website. (CBS)

By 2:45 p.m. the Fremont-based company's Twitter account was restored, and around 6:30 p.m., Tesla's website was back to normal.

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