Conservative Party leader blames hacker for offensive tweet

By Kate Shuttleworth

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig. Photo / Natalie Slade
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig. Photo / Natalie Slade

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says his Twitter account was hacked after an offensive tweet was posted on his feed.

The tweet read: "According to the gay activist community, under age sex or kiddy fiddling is ok as long as the child is of the same sex as the perpetrator''

It appeared on his page early this afternoon but it was removed within five minutes.

In that time it was retweeted 54 times and favourited seven times.

Mr Craig said his Twitter account had been hacked and that he did not post the tweet.

He later posted a message on his page thanking people for alerting him to the recent hacking of his account.

"Passwords reset and security investigation now under way," he said.

"Obviously we've regained control of our Twitter account - I don't want to be having to do that every afternoon."

Mr Craig said he would not make such a comment.

"It's not something I would say and I don't think anyone should put words in anyone else's mouth."

"I doubt that it's true anyway. I think it's despicable when people stoop to these sorts of means to discredit people - I know it goes on, I know Twitter is vulnerable but obviously until now we've avoiding being hacked."

The Conservative Party's email and website had been hacked in the past, according to Mr Craig.

He believed today's tweet was aimed to "discredit and misinform".

Conservative Party press secretary Rachel MacGregor posted a message on her Twitter account calling for a "Twitter expert for some paid work urgently... know anyone who knows about how people hack into twitter accounts and how to best stop it".

Mr Craig said he was looking forward to Twitter security being upgraded because it was too easy for people to hack others accounts.

In February this year Twitter reset more than 250,000 passwords after noticing unusual access patterns and hired a security engineer to develop more robust authentication.

Hackers recently compromised the Twitter account of the Associated Press, sending out a false tweet about an attack at the White House.

The tweet said there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama was injured. The attack on AP's Twitter account and the AP mobile Twitter account was preceded by phishing attempts on AP's corporate network.

- APNZ

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