Feeds

iPad scammers hack Kirstie Allsopp's Twitter

Posh property presenter pwned

Remote control for virtualized desktops

iPad scammers managed to reach a huge potential audience last weekend after they took over a Twitter profile maintained by British TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp.

Allsopp, who fronts Channel 4 property programmes Location, Location and Kirstie's Homemade Home, was tipped off about the hack by her followers after the account spewed a series of out-of-character tweets.

The updates encouraged followers of the account to apply for free iPads, a trick designed to lure victims into completing a worthless survey that also attempts to hoodwink surfers into signing up to a £4.50 a week premium rate phone scam.

Allsopp has recovered the compromised KirstieMAllsopp account, changed her password and purged the offending tweets, but cached copies of the messages are preserved for posterity in a blog post by Sophos here.

It's unclear how Allsopp's account - which boasts 47,000 followers - came to be compromised. Possible mechanisms include phishing, password guessing or malware-based attacks.

The posh presenter is far from the first celebrity or public figure to be pwned by hackers on Twitter. Other victims have included Axl Rose, UK politician Ed Miliband and Britney Spears, whose multiple Twitter hack mishaps have made her something of a poster child for celebrity microblogging insecurity. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION
You thought you were all alone? Nope – change your password, says ICO
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age
Kiwis to seek random investors for crowd-funded randomiser
USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked
Thumb drive design ruled by almighty buck
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.