It seems hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a sequence of weird messages on its press part and social media accounts, together with one which learn “FUCK THE POLICE.”
The messages had been despatched round 22:30UTC on July 2019. The Met Police workforce has since confirmed the breach occurred by way of third-party software program.
“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,” it mentioned in an announcement. “While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.”
“The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content,” officers defined additional. “When a story is published via MyNewsDesk, it appears on the Met’s website and Twitter accounts and generates an email to those who’ve subscribed to receive our news updates.”
Police had been fast to regain management of its website and social media accounts, however not earlier than tons of Twitter customers managed to seize screenshots.
What I’m saying is, @metpoliceuk issued an official press launch saying “FUCK THE POLICE” and till an official press launch revising that I believe now we have to contemplate another statements suspect. pic.twitter.com/2Kt5J5TXn5
— Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis) July 20, 2019
Met Police hacked with weird tweets and emails posted https://t.co/i3497l0Vi9 pic.twitter.com/jEJE5zEWLv
— Flying Eze (@flyingeze) July 20, 2019
@metpoliceuk #metpolice Twitter account was/has been #hacked and their website appears to be affected too atleast the newest information part of it and there’s no certificates right here: https://t.co/RFQTRXBiRq pic.twitter.com/sLcXT1PbVI
— klikr (@klikr) July 19, 2019
Among different issues, the messages made references to rapper Digga D and fashionable web character Keemstar, who runs a YouTube channel known as DramaAlert.
While the messages have since been wiped from the police’s account, a cached model of the Digga D press launch remains to be listed on Google Search.