Kirstie Allsopp’s Twitter account hacked by iPad spammers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Plummy-voiced property crumpet Kirstie Allsopp has fallen foul of hackers on Twitter, who posted messages pointing to free iPad scams this weekend from her account.

The British TV presenter, best known for her Channel 4 property programmes “Location, Location, Location” and “Kirstie’s Homemade Home”, only found out that her account had been hacked when some of her 47,000 Twitter followers alerted her to the out-of-character tweets.

The links took unsuspecting fans to webpages which encouraged them to apply for free iPads by handing over personal information and signing up for scams that charged £4.50 per week.

Kitten-heeled Kirstie had deleted all of the offending tweets from Twitter by the time I went looking for them this morning, but I managed to track down two examples that had been cached elsewhere:

free ipads!!! [link removed]

omg free ipad, witha train skin =D [link removed]

You’ll notice that the spam messages say that they…

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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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