Hackers post freakish series of tweets on Met Police account

20 Juillet, 2019, 09:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A string of unauthorised messages were posted on the force's official account

EXPLICIT: One of a series of weird tweets on the Met Police Twitter account (Pic: TWITTER/METPOLICEUK) CAMPAIGN: Many of the tweets and statements referenced jailed UK drill rapper Digga D (Pic: INSTAGRAM/PYR3XLIVING) HACKED: It isn't clear who had taken control of the Met Police account (Pic: TWTTER/METPOLICEUK) "F*** THE POLICE FREE DA GANG!"

Other tweets seemed to take aim at individuals, with one reading: 'We are the police... "Cal and Dylan are gay btw", read another, apparently referring to Netflix show Tidelands.

Attackers also managed to hack the Metropolitan Police's website as they were able to send "test" press releases.

Another said: "You hack the Met and this is the best you can do?"

Others commended the brazenness of the attack.

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But the police force later denied there had been any "hack" of its IT infrastructure after the series of weird tweets were posted.

"Please ignore any tweets until we verify that it is back under official control".

Digga D, 18, whose real name is Rhys Herbert, was jailed and banned from making violent videos after he was caught with a gang carrying machetes and baseball bats on the way to attack a rival gang in 2017. He was sentenced to one year in prison and a retaining order, Mirror report says.

The force denied that its IT system was hacked after the posts appeared on its official Twitter feed, adding that the security issue had only affected its MyNewsDesk account, which it uses to issue news releases. It said the MyNewsDesk service automatically spreads content to the Met's website and Twitter account once it is published, as well as sending corresponding emails to subscribers.

The police said it was now working hard to rectify the issue before urging users to "ignore tweets until we verify its back under official control".

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