BP’s Twitter account hacked by pranksters

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

BP has admitted that its official Twitter account was compromised temporarily yesterday by hackers who posted a joke about its attempts to stem the devastating oil leak that has polluted the Gulf of Mexico.

According to a report from Business Insider, an unauthorised posting appeared on the BP America Twitter account at about 8.00am UK time on the 27th May.

The message read:

Terry is now in charge of operation Top Kill, work will recommence after we find a XXL wetsuit. #bpcares #oilspill

About 30 minutes later, the offending tweet was removed. According to BP spokesman Mark Salt, the…

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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.