Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Scotland Yard Twitter and emails hacked

Metropolitan Police  screenshot Metropolitan Police screenshot
Patty Aguilar | 21 July, 2019, 22:26

Police were quick to regain control of its website and social media accounts, but not before tons of Twitter users managed to grab screenshots. Trump said, retweeting a post by Katie Hopkins. Apparently they lost control of their twitter account too'.

He tweeted: "With the incompetent mayor of London, you will never have safe streets!"

Scotland Yard's Twitter account with more than 1.2 million followers was broken into by hackers who posted a series of weird messages, according to reports Saturday.

It is unclear how the potential hackers accessed the Met Police Twitter account, but they also shared a number of fake "press releases" on the Met's news blog.

Scotland Yard's press bureau email account also appeared to have been hacked.

Another, still, called for the release of Digga D, a drill rap artist who was jailed after he was caught with a group carrying machetes and baseball bats.

Emails linking to bogus releases were also sent expressing anti-police sentiments and calling for Digga D's release.

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The Metropolitan Police said that hackers were able to send the tweets and messages on its website after gaining access to a service called MyNewsDesk, which the police force uses to issue online press releases and tweets.

'Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of our website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers. Please ignore any Tweets until we verify that it is back under official control'.

"We apologise to our subscribers and followers for the messages they have received".

The force said it was working to establish what criminal offences had been committed. "There has been no compromise of the Met Police's IT network".

"While we are still working to establish exactly what happened", it said.

In a statement, the Met suggested the messages were made by accessing its account with MyNewsDesk, an online service used by the law enforcement agency to post content online to on platforms.

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