Ex-Doctor Who babe Karen Gillan touts dodgy diet pills in twit gaffe
Amy Pond actress tackles new kind of monster - hackers
The Twitter account of former Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan was compromised to tout dodgy weight-loss pills to baffled fans.
A series of links posted by @KarenGillan2 suggested the Scottish star, who played the time lord's companion Amy Pond, had found a means to rapidly shed pounds without the need for some Adipose treatment.
Amy Pond Karen Gillan (Credit: BBC)
Clicking on the URLs in the former model's updates took her followers to a made-up news story promoting the supposed benefits of an acai berry* diet.
It's unclear how Gillan's Twitter account was hacked. Phishing or malware attacks, or simply guessing a weak password, are all possible means of compromising the account. Alternatively, she may have clicked on a link or granted permission to a dodgy app that made the updates to her profile. A website used by Gillan may have been compromised and revealed a password that was also used for her Twitter login, possibly.
Recent updates to Gillan's Twitter account suggest she's regained control of her tweets after changing her password. "Hey everyone! Please ignore latest tweets! I got hacked!" she wrote yesterday.
And the actress who replaced Gillan as Doctor Who's principal sidekick also ran into trouble on Twitter: Jenna-Louise Coleman, the former Emmerdale soap star who now plays Clara Oswald in the long-running BBC sci-fi series, was the target of a sex video scam.
Twits were sent messages to trick them into visiting a bogus celebrity smut website that claimed to feature the actress. Anyone who clicked on the site's thumbnails to see more ended up following a Twitter account and posting an update further promoting the scam on their own feeds, as explained by net security firm Sophos.
None of Coleman's online accounts were actually compromised, unlike Gillan's Twitter account. Celebrity Twitter profile hijacks are all too common: previous victims have included Britney Spears (a serial victim) and President Barack Obama, among many others. ®
* Pills derived from acai berries supposedly cause weight loss without dieting or exercise. Acai berries do contain antioxidants and are generally regarded as a healthy snack - but actual experts (here and here) dismiss the flab-fighting claims as cobblers.
Re: if you want to lose weight
Whenever people ask for advice on how to lose weight it's always simple.
Move more eat less.
But so many people still manage to fuck that up. "Oh I read if I cut out all carbs from my diet I'll lose weight much faster" Yeah you will, and then the moment you stop the diet and gorge on carbs, which you will, you'll not only balloon up to your original weight, you'll probably gain a few kilos on top of that.
"I'm 20stone, and I read that the best way to lose weight is to follow celebrity X and only eat 900 calories a day" *facedesk* again, starvation, the moment you eat more you'll overcompensate and gain extra kilos over the original weight.
If you want to lose weight work out your daily maintanence cals, take away 10-15% and only eat that much. If I can do it with the willpower of a chipmunk and a dietary tastes of elvis, then it can't be that hard. Oh but no they all want the easy miracle fix which involves no effort...
sorry, went off on one a bit there >.>
Re: Slow news day?
I regularly see commenters on the register using their account to spew messages about how uninterested they are in the article they're posting about. What's worse is those who are so uninterested in the uninterested comments that they have to post an even less interesting comment about the original uninteresting comment.
Re: if you want to lose weight
Sorry, but when I read "someone said something bad about it on YouTube", I immediately draw two conclusions:
1) It's almost certainly OK.
2) It's probably got something to do with space lizards.