The security breach was noticed by Sputnik stuff at approximately 6 am GMT. Although the tweets seem to have been left untouched, the account has been renamed to 'Matt Curtis', with the account description shortened to 'm8'. Another noticeable change in the account's appearance is the user picture which now, instead of the news outlet's logo, contains a photo of a man standing on a bridge. The header photo has been deleted altogether.
There have been no tweets from the person, or group of people who hacked Sputnik's Twitter account. The last tweet by Sputnik staff was made at 8 am GMT.
Sputnik's press service confirmed the attack: "We confirm that Sputnik International's Twitter account was hacked. Sputnik's editorial staff has contacted Twitter's administration. We ask users not to trust any possible messages sent from the hacked account. Sputnik is taking all possible measures to regain control of the account," the statement read.
It remains uncertain who is responsible for the attack. Sputnik will keep its readers updated on any news concerning the hack.