When trolling your colleagues and boss via an anonymous Twitter account, don’t make this mistake…

Graham Cluley
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When trolling your colleagues and boss via an anonymous Twitter account, don't make this mistake...

The Jewish Chronicle reports on what appears to be a disastrous blunder made by someone who was trying to remain anonymous on the internet.

The now-private “Not that bothered” @BotheredThat Twitter account had a history of posting anti-Israel posts and retweeting messages from individuals who have been accused of anti-semitism.

In addition, the account has previously described the BBC’s Director General as a “White male Tory”, and had a pop at BBC 5 Live presenter Emma Barnett after a speech she gave about the Holocaust’s impact on her family.

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Of course, whoever runs the @BotheredThat Twitter account doesn’t want their identity to be known.

Which makes it somewhat unfortunate that The Jewish Chronicle claims to have been sent screenshots which appear to reveal the account’s true owner…

Nimesh Thaker email addressmentioned in tweet

Hello – We hope all is well with your family. Are we ok to use your image for BBC World TV?
Regards [email protected]

I’m no expert, but to me that looks awfully like a journalist sent a tweet to someone whose picture they wanted to use in a news report, but didn’t realise they were logged into the wrong Twitter account.

Nimesh Thaker, if you’re curious, is a broadcast journalist at BBC World… although I’m not sure how long that will remain the case, as the BBC is said to be investigating the matter.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

4 comments on “When trolling your colleagues and boss via an anonymous Twitter account, don’t make this mistake…”

  1. Andy

    It really puts a smile on my face to see people who are far too clever for their own good get tripped up like this…

  2. richard lionheart

    I hope this information has been sent to the new Dg for action….

  3. Phil

    journalism 101 = "I'm sorry we can't reveal our sources"
    oh, wait…

  4. John De Wolfman

    The biter bit, as we used to say?

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