Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband has had his Twitter account hacked to broadcast an explicit message.
The message said ‘Hey, I've been having better sex and longer with this here' and pointed to a URL. He followed this later by saying ‘Oh dear it seems like I've fallen victim to Twitter's latest 'phishing' scam'.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, considered that Miliband may have been a victim of the direct message campaigns seen this week. He said: “Miliband needs to do more than just tweet an explanation for his bizarre tweets, however. He also needs to change his password, and think long and hard about whether he is using that same password on any other websites.
“You see, 33 per cent of people do admit to playing Russian Roulette with their identity by using the same password on every website they access. If Miliband makes that kind of mistake, then he has potentially opened up his email account, his eBay account, his PayPal and Amazon account... basically, his entire online life could be handed over to hackers.
“Of course, it's not the case that Ed Miliband was specifically targeted by the hackers. He's just one of tens of thousands of Twitter users who have been hit in the last few days.”
Miliband later used the interception for the benefit of his party, with a Tweet posted that read 'now I've got your attention - I want your ideas for the manifesto', with a link provided to Labour's 'Space' page for creation and discussion of campaigns.