Scandal on the Twttrs! Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-Brooklyn) Twitter account tweeted a photo of an underwear-ed man’s crotch this weekend, @replying a 21-year old girl in Seattle. The mis-tweet got picked up by conservative websites and Twitter users and has lead to the appropriate catchphrase “Weinergate” and fun headlines like, “Rep. Weiner: I did not send Twitter crotch pic” and “Did Anthony Weiner Tweet a Picture of His Weiner?” (Thanks Gawker.)
Rep. Weiner is consulting with a lawyer about civil or criminal action, he told the Daily News today, but said he’s not devoting too many resources to the social media kerfuffle. “I’m focused on my work,” he said.
No word on how the account could have been “hacked,” although there is a proud tradition of successful “dictionary” attacks on Twitter. In 2009, an 18-year old prankster cracked into several accounts after running through the dictionary until he hit on the password of a Twitter employee: “happiness.”