UK Cabinet Minister Ed Miliband hacked on Twitter

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Ed Miliband MP, the high profile British Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, has fallen victim to the current swathe of phishing attacks sweeping the Twitter system.

Mr Miliband, who is a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet, appears to have been careless with his computer security and handed his Twitter username and password over to hackers, possibly as a result of the “This You????” or “LOL this is funny” attacks we saw earlier this week.

As a consequence, earlier today his account posted spam messages promoting potions to improve sexual performance:

A typical spam message reads:

hhey, i’ve been having better sex and longer with this here <link…

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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.