Ohio House speaker's Twitter account hacked

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Now that's a good way to hack a Twitter account.

For most of his 35 years in the legislature, impersonating House Speaker William G. Batchelder would have required the purchase of some thick-rimmed glasses and a nice seersucker suit.

In today's online world, faking the Medina Republican can be done from a laptop computer nearly anywhere on Earth, if the user has the ability to hack into the right Twitter account.

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Mike Dittoe, communication director for the House Republican caucus, said he got a call Monday night from a follower of Batchelder's Twitter account informing him of the unusual postings on the account.

Dittoe said he knew it had become a real problem when the liberal group ProgressOhio tweeted on Tuesday: "Wow!! Suddenly Bill Batchelder supports" and went on to list various liberal groups and causes, and a link to the fake tweets.

Among the fake tweets were those that promoted former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and criticized Republican Gov. John Kasich.

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