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Post by Jill Havern on 20.07.19 12:35

Met Police website targeted by hackers as bizarre tweet about Scotland emerges

The Metropolitan Police's website has been targeted by hackers who posted a series of bizarre tweets from the force's official account, including one about Scotland.

Late on Friday night, a number of tweets were sent from the force's Twitter account, which has more than 1.22 million followers, calling for the release of drill rap artist Digga D.
Thirteen posts had been tweeted out on the account just before midnight on Friday.
One of them said: “Xeon is the best fighter in Scotland.”

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The hackers left a number of messages on the Met Office Twitter account  
One post, which has since been deleted, read: "We aim to make London the safest global city; Be the best crime-fighters, by any measure; Earn the trust and confidence of every community; Take pride in the quality of our service; So people love, respect and are proud of London's Met.'

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Hackers left a message on the tweet  (Image: Twitter / Met police)    
Another said: "FREE DIGGA D ON FOENEM GANG."

Scotland Yard said in a statement there had been no "hack" of its IT infrastructure and the security issue had only affected its MyNewsDesk account, which it uses to issue news releases.

"Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of our website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers.

"While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk," it said.

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Web users noticed the hack in the Met Police's Twitter page  (Image: Twitter / Met police)  

Some of the posts also linked to false press releases expressing anti-police sentiments and calling for Digga D's release.

The rapper, whose real name is Rhys Herbert, was jailed last year aged 17 alongside four other members of the 1011 gang, after they were caught with baseball bats and machetes on their way to attack rivals Herbert, now aged 19, was handed a 12-month detention and training order after admitting conspiracy to commit violent disorder and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

The music group, based in Ladbroke Grove in west London, amassed millions of views on YouTube with their drill tracks, featuring violent lyrics.


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The website has been accessed as each tweet links to a 'test' press release  (Image: Twitter / Met police)  


The genre of rap music, which often features masked or hooded groups of men talking about guns, drugs and stabbings, has been linked to a rise in violent crime in the capital.

Herbert and the others were also given three-year criminal behaviour orders restricting them from making music with violent lyrics and ordering them to inform police of new videos and upcoming performances.

Following Friday's apparent hack Scotland Yard said: "We apologise to our subscribers and followers for the messages they have received.

"At this stage, we are confident the only security issue relates to access to our MyNewsDesk account.
"We are assessing to establish what criminal offences have been committed."
Earlier, a Scotland Yard superintendent had said the Met's official account has "been subject to unauthorised access".

Superintendent Roy Smith tweeted: "Our media team are working hard to delete the messages and ensure the security of the account. Please ignore any Tweets until we verify that it is back under official control."

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