Jeremy Clarkson falls foul of bodyfat spammers on Twitter, vows to kill hackers

Graham Cluley
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Jeremy Clarkson falls foul of bodyfat spammers on Twitter, vows to kill hackers

Jeremy Clarkson, the controversial presenter of BBC’s “Top Gear” programme, has had his Twitter account compromised by spammers… and he wants his revenge.

It appears that the outspoken TV presenter and columnist, who memorably had a custard pie thrown in his face by green campaigners when he went to pick up an honorary degree at Oxford, was just the latest in a long line of Twitter users to have their account hijacked by diet spammers.

Diet spam tweet

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If any of Clarkson’s 1.3 million Twitter followers clicked on the link, they would have visited a bogus news website, promoting an Acai Berry diet solution:

Fake news website, promoting Acai Berry diet

Of course, we have seen bogus news sites promoting Acai Berry diets many many times before, and we have even reported recently on how the operators of fake news websites like these have been fined millions of dollars for scamming the public.

Chances are that Jeremy Clarkson either had his password phished, guessed or cracked, or that he granted a rogue third party application rights to post from his account.

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If he has any sense, Jeremy Clarkson should change his password (making sure that he chooses a hard-to-crack new password, and that he’s not using the same password anywhere else on the net – if he is, those other sites also need a brand new password) and revoke the rights of any application connected to his Twitter account that he doesn’t recognise.

What makes this Twitter hack somewhat different from that which hit Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan or technology pundit John C Dvorak in the past, is Clarkson’s response:

Tweet from Jeremy Clarkson

Tweet from Jeremy Clarkson

Somehow I don’t think Clarkson is likely to mete out his punishment. In all likelihood, Clarkson was not actually targeted by the hackers but was just one of the many Twitter users each day who have their accounts compromised by Acai Berry spammers.

In short, the Acai Berry diet spammers just got lucky hitting such a popular Twitter user.

Rather than plan his revenge, Clarkson might be wiser to smarten up about computer security and hope that Twitter introduces two factor authentication soon.

Update: Some readers have pointed out that Clarkson appears to be quoting Liam Neeson’s character in the movie “Taken”:

Taken - Phone Scene

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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