Smutty Twitter scam snares U.K. politician

Ed Miliband, the country's secretary of state for energy, was one of many Twitter users to have his account hijacked and his contacts informed that he's been having great sex.

U.K. energy minister Ed Miliband Department of Energy and Climate Change

Good heavens! If your Twitter followers include Ed Miliband, the U.K. secretary of state for energy, there's a chance that you received a direct message from him early on Friday that read, "Hhey, i've been having better sex and longer with this here." CNET sincerely hopes you did not click on the link that followed. Miliband might be an expert on energy, but presumably not that kind of energy.

The cabinet minister, rather, had fallen victim to a particularly voracious Twitter phishing attack that's been making the rounds this week, one which steals users' passwords and then spams their friends with direct messages containing the same password-stealing link.

The good news is that many of the people who received Miliband's naughty direct message were likely already aware there was a scam going on and weren't immediately appalled that their energy minister was informing them that his sex life has taken a pleasing turn. The embarrassing part for Miliband, rather, is that in order to be snagged by the hack itself, he likely would've had to click on a similar message from a Twitter contact in the first place. Oops.

He posted a public tweet shortly thereafter that read "Oh dear it seems like I've fallen victim to Twitter's latest 'phishing' scam." And he's not alone: an Associated Press article noted that House of Commons leader Harriet Harman also fell for the same scam or a similar one.

The blog TechEye, meanwhile, gets an extra special award for accompanying its coverage with the very important line, "Miliband not been having better sex, despite claims in tweets."

About the author

Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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