UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's Twitter account hacked

The political leader's Twitter account was compromised over the weekend by a hacker with a mocking streak.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

Over the weekend, the UK's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn became the latest politician targeted by a hacker.

On Sunday, the would-be Prime Minister's Twitter account, used to send messages and updates to political followers, appeared to be compromised just after 9.00pm GMT. As reported by the BBC, at least four messages were broadcast online before the account was wrestled away from a hacker's control.

However, the attack did not seem to be particularly devastating and had an immature edge to it. Albeit immature, one message which stated "davey cameron is a pie" was received with delight from the Twitter community.

Other messages included what appears to contain an offensive message for what appears to be Australians due to the slang term "straya," as well as mockery of the Labour leader over his position on the nuclear missile program, Trident.


The messages, which were sent out to 387,000 followers, were deleted in a matter of minutes.

This is not the first time Corbyn has inadvertently been at the center of online mockery and amusement. In September, outspoken US politician Donald Trump retweeted a satirical message from a Twitter user containing a picture of Corbyn and stating, "My Dad is thinking of voting for the first time ever for you."

The message was retweeted over 12,000 times.

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ZDNet has reached out to the Labour party and will update if we hear back.

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