Weight loss schemers hack ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold’s Modern Cuisine Twitter account

Even former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold is susceptible to hacker attacks.

Last night, we noticed that Myhrvold’s popular Modern Cuisine Twitter account, followed by more than 8,100 folks, was promoting a Web site promising a “Miracle Diet” based on Acai berries. The Twitter message, shown above, linked to a site touting the “best product for losing weight.”

The site notes:

“Acai berries are the latest weight loss fad. These so called Super Foods that you take as a supplement to lose weight have been getting a lot of international attention. And like you have probably already seen, they are all over the internet in blogs with success stories of people who have apparently used the pills and lost a ton of weight.”

Nathan Myhrvold

We reached out to Myhrvold’s representatives to find out what happened, but heard nothing until this morning when we saw this follow-up message from the Modern Cuisine Twitter account.

“We want to apologize to everyone about the weight-loss tweet. Our account was hacked, so no, we haven’t discovered any weight-loss secrets.”

The weight-loss tweet itself has been removed. Myhrvold — who leads the patent holding firm Intellectual Ventures and is subject to plenty of taunts in the tech industry — is a gourmet geek who released the six-volume, 2,400-page, 40-pound epic cookbook Modernist Cuisine last year.

One GeekWire reader who also spotted the hacked account joked: “Is spam distribution via hacked twitter accounts patented?”

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