Met Police suspends Twitter account after its news platform got hijacked
News / Met Police suspends Twitter account after its news platform got hijacked
22 July 2019
The Met Police announced recently that its news platform MyNewsDesk was accessed without authorisation by unknown individuals who posted several messages that were distributed on the force’s Twitter account and via email.
On Saturday, Twitter users were taken aback when the Met Police’ official account started posting random messages containing expletives and calling for noted gangsters to be freed. Met Police soon realised what was going on and promptly suspended its Twitter account as a precaution.
On the same day, the force announced that on Friday, its news platform MyNewsDesk was subjected to unauthorised access and since the microsite is used to publish and distribute news, all content posted in it was distributed via Twitter, emails, and on the official website of the Met Police.
Hackers hijacked Met Police’ microsite & demanded Digga D’s release
“The site is a micro site that is used to publish and distribute news from the Metropolitan Police. It can be used to generate emails and to send Tweets as well as publishing stories. The unauthorised content was sent out on Twitter and via email as well as appearing on the news site.
“In response to the incident we are working closely with Mynewsdesk and specialist Met cyber-crime investigators to fully understand what has occurred and if there are criminal offences. Immediate changes have been made to our accounts in response to the incident. There has been no compromise of the Met Police’s IT network.
“As a precaution we are also temporarily using the official Met Twitter account @MPSOnTheStreet rather than our main account @MetPoliceUK, but we are working to resume service on the main account as soon as possible,” Met Police said in a press release.
Individuals who hacked the Met Police’ microsite and posted a series of messages called for the release of Digga D, a popular rapper and a YouTube celebrity whose music videos attracted millions of views over the past few years. Digga D was convicted last year for including violent content in his videos and for promoting extreme violence and murder.
Following the announcement by Metropolitan Police that its microsite had been accessed by unauthorised individuals, US President Donald Trump took it as an opportunity to take another dig at Mayor Sadiq Khan, stating: “With the incompetent Mayor of London, you will never have safe streets!”
Jay has been a technology reporter for almost a decade. When not writing about cybersecurity, he writes about mobile technology for the likes of Indian Express, TechRadar India and Android Headlines