MP falls vic­tim to so­cial me­dia virus

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @ET_REVILLE

PETER­BOR­OUGH MP Ste­wart Jack­son has shrugged off a hacker at­tack on his Twit­ter ac­count that sent weight loss tips to more than 3,000 peo­ple.

Mr Jack­son, who has 3,082 fol­low­ers to up­dates from his @Sjack­sonmp han­dle, saw public mes­sages posted from the ac­count about diet changes help­ing him lose weight on Satur­day night.

One mes­sage read: “I lost weight with­out hav­ing to make any ma­jor diet changes while boost­ing en­ergy lev­els, heres how: http://me­dia-chan­nel-8.com.”

The ac­count also sent pri­vate mes­sages warn­ing other Twit­ter users about fab­ri­cated ru­mours about them, with a link to a web­site that passes the virus on.

Mr Jack­son first re­alised the is­sue on Satur­day night and im­me­di­ately de­ac­ti­vated his ac­count - only for Twit­ter to re­ac­ti­vate it overnight, mean­ing more spam mes­sages were sent out on Sun­day.

Mr Jack­son has now taken the ad­vice of Twit­ter ex­perts to change his pass­word to stop the mes­sages be­ing sent.

He said: “It was frus­trat­ing and I don’t want peo­ple to feel they fol­low me on Twit­ter ex­pect­ing to get spam from me into their sys­tem.

“I got a lot of mes­sages say­ing to have a look at it from about 9pm on Satur­day, and deleted the ac­count soon af­ter.

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“I have now re­ac­ti­vated it with a dif­fer­ent pass­word so I hope that solves the prob­lem I can’t un­der­stand why the hacker did it - I don’t see the ben­e­fit.”

Mr Jack­son of­ten re­sponds to other Twit­ter users on­line, and his pro-ac­tive ap­proach has won him many plau­dits as well as crit­i­cisms from ri­val par­ties.

He made na­tional news when he re­sponded an­grily to Twit­ter users crit­i­cis­ing his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of data on Sex­u­ally Trans­mit­ted In­fec­tions (STIS).

Af­ter the Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil elec­tion, Mr Jack­son got in a war of words with un­suc­cess­ful Labour party can­di­date Ni­cola Day-dempsey.

He has also blocked some users from

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