British politicians were among those caught up Friday in the latest Twitter-based scam which hijacks users’ accounts to send out sexually explicit messages to friends and followers.
The micro-blogging Web site has been hit by a wave of so-called “phishing scams,” which lure users to a bogus Web site where they’re enticed to part with their passwords. The compromised accounts are then used to distribute rogue messages to other users.
Those tracking the Twitter account of Ed Miliband, the British energy minister, were surprised by a message carrying an unusually direct reference to the politician’s sex life.
“Oh dear it seems like I’ve fallen victim to twitter’s latest ‘phishing’ scam,” Miliband said in a message posted shortly afterward.
He wasn’t alone.
On Thursday, House of Commons leader Harriet Harman told lawmakers her account had sent a bogus message to opposition lawmaker Alan Duncan.
She didn’t say exactly what the content of the message was, but she left British lawmakers wondering when she told them: “I wouldn’t ever send a tweet like that.”