BBC Sport in Rugby World Cup Twitter spam slip-up

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A compromised Twitter account has resulted in the embarrassing broadcast of a spam message via the BBC’s website.

More and more TV stations are encouraging both their staff and their viewers to jump onboard the social media bandwagon, and use the likes of Twitter to interact and keep up-to-date with the latest developments. But if you don’t take care, you may end up with some egg on your face.

Take, for example, BBC Sport’s extensive online coverage of the Rugby World Cup, where alongside the match reports and videos you can also follow the latest tweets from the BBC’s Rugby correspondents.

It sounds like a terrific idea – a great way for sports fans to keep up with the latest developments from the BBC’s team of experts. But take a closer look and you’ll find that Jim Mason, BBC Scotland’s rugby…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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