Feeds

Olympics minister email spoofed

No hacking in 'schoolboy prank'

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Newly demoted Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has fallen victim to pranksters who sent spoof messages in her name.

Contrary to reports in The Independent a spokesman for the minister said the emails came from a bogus account set up with Gmail and not as a result of a hacker breaking into any account she controlled.

Late on Monday, prominent journalists received an email purporting to be from the former culture secretary claiming she had some juicy political gossip to offer after leaving the cabinet, following the ascension of new prime minister Gordon Brown last week.

One message, quoted by The Indy, said: "Can we speak privately? I want to go public with my private tale of Tony. Tessa Jowell."

By Tuesday, however, recipients of the original message received a follow up email stating the original message was a phony, knocked up by hackers. "My email account was hacked last night," the message said. "Have now sorted the problem out. Sorry about the Tony email. TJ."

However a spokesman for Jowell said the messages were not sent from one's of the minster's genuine email accounts. "Her account was not hacked. Someone set up a bogus account on Gmail. It was all a schoolboy prank," he said. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Google recommends pronounceable passwords
Super Chrome goes into battle with Mr Mxyzptlk
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it
Now we've had all THAT TRAFFIC, we 'deplore' this theft
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
TorrentLocker unpicked: Crypto coding shocker defeats extortionists
Lousy XOR opens door into which victims can shove a foot
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.