Nova Scotia

Public safety cop gets Twitter hacked

The Halifax police officer in charge of public safety learned the hard way about the pitfalls of social media as his Twitter account was hacked.

The Halifax police officer in charge of public safety learned the hard way about the pitfalls of social media as his Twitter account @HRMpublicsafety was hacked.

"When I woke up this morning I had a number of messages from my followers, indicating that my account had been hacked and that I'd been sending a virus," said Supt. Don Spicer.

Spicer had to start his day explaining himself to friends and associates. It seems he was tweeting them telling them to look at a photo saying "I can't believe they posted this photo of me."

It started simply enough, with a genuine tweet from him, the night before.

"I had actually sent a birthday wish to a friend.  And then very shortly afterwards got a tweet from that friend, which I assumed was a response to that wish. I innocently clicked on it and created the virus on my account," he said.

The tweet supposedly from a friend invited Spicer to look at a photo. Pretty soon, Spicer's Twitter account was sending the same invitation to all of his followers.

"It's malware. There's no photo when you open it. I think what it does is it creates the virus to hack into your account at that time without any photo ever appearing

Spicer was able to regain control of his Twitter account and said he'll be more careful now.

"So it does show that it can happen to anyone, and it's important for everyone to make sure that they don't open any attachments that they're not sure of, Spicer said.

"Send a message to the person that sent it to you if you think it may have been compromised before you open it.  Also to ensure that you change passwords on a regular basis."

 

 

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