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Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Sen. Charles Grassley’s Twitter account hacked

Iowa’s senior U.S. senator appeared to be the victim of a Twitter hacking Monday afternoon, as an apparent opponent of Congress’s anti-Internet piracy bills posted more than two dozen messages from the Republican’s account.

Jill Kozeny, a spokeswoman for Sen. Charles E. Grassley, said the senator’s staff “noticed the hacking after the first false tweet was posted, and the office immediately called Twitter to obtain access to the account so the password could be changed.”

“The password has been changed, and Senator Grassley controls the account again,” Kozeny said. “Senator Grassley posts his tweets from his BlackBerry. He’s traveling from Iowa to Washington this afternoon.”

The apparent attack comes days after congressional leaders announced plans to postpone consideration of the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate’s Protect IP Act, two anti-piracy measures that sparked online protests by Wikipedia, Reddit and other popular Web sites last week.

Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, had been an original co-sponsor of PIPA.

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