Tory MP has her Twitter hacked

Graham Cluley

Poor old Therese Coffey. She’s a newly elected member of the British parliament, representing the English constituency of Suffolk Coastal.

Therese probably thought that winning a place in parliament would be her biggest fight of the year, but she’s now found herself embroiled in a battle with hackers who have plastered offensive messages over her Twitter page, blog and Facebook account.

Some of the messages spoke in hardly fragrant terms about Samantha Cameron, the wife of her boss, Prime Minister David Cameron. Another sent a veiled threat to Tim Montgomerie, founder of the ConservativeHome website.

At the time of writing the messages are still visible on Therese Coffey’s Twitter page:

Clearly she hasn’t yet completely wrestled back control of that account.

Ms Coffey’s blog offers apologies to people she may have offended: “Apologies – think I am back in control now. Not a nice time in the last hour – hopefully I can trace who did this”

Details of how the hacker, who…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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