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BT Business and former F1 driver Nigel Mansell both fell victim to a Twitter hijack punting a well-known diet pill spam scam. Followers of both @btbusiness and @Mansell5 were on Friday both directed towards a weight loss site, featuring an advertorial on the supposed miracle Acai Berry diet at newzonlines(dot)com. BT Business …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Even Better..

    GMPSale and GMPWythenshawe Twitter accounts fell to hackers yesterday and were used to send 'offensive' direct messages to followers.

    Seems to be a common theme these days,


    "BT ought to be a bit more savvy"

    This is the same BT that left ads for drugs, colonics, ecort girls, and porn on Mike Galvins blog for 6 months.

    Yes they should be more savvy, but they aren't.

  3. Naughtyhorse
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    It's just a bit ironic that mansel's account should carry a spamvert for a slimming product, as many ppl my age will recall after his brief holiday in '93 - showing the yanks how drivin fast was done - he came back to his proper job and lo his arse was too big to squeeze into the '95 mclaren.

    lardiness notwithstanding he was a great champion from the good ol days before playstation took over the championship.

    whats the odds his pw was 'Pr05ti5aBa5tard'


    1. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      I was thinking the same thing...

      ...that said, I haven't seen any pictures of him in recent times - maybe he's gotten back in shape? Fancying some old codger touring-car action, perhaps?

      I shouldn't have been, but I was somewhat surprised to see he's on twitter (I wouldn't know, as I'm not). The real question, I suppose, is whether he has more followers on twitter now than he had followers on the track in 1992... Paris is considering it.

  4. Richard 116

    "Even though no harm was done, a giant telecoms firm such as BT ought to be a bit more savvy about this type of thing."

    As someone who follows BT Business (don't get me started on bloody BT) I can tell you that this is the second time in as many weeks.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Well...if one is STUPID enough to even USE twitter...

    ...then simply deal with the consequences.

  6. muttley

    Fake Mansell in spamvertisement shocka

    @mansell_Nigel is the real Nigel. The Lion tweets, finally.

    That is all.

  7. Christopher W

    Not just big companies

    I have several accounts, one of which was compromised and used to spam out links to a Rusky site of some disrepute. Twitter's automated systems noticed the breach and locked the account (sending me a link to reactivate and specify a new password) -- thing is, my passwords are never simple words, they include mixed case letters and also numbers. My shortest password is 11 characters long.

    The Twitter automated message said that there was potentially a breach via a third party app granted access -- but on the affected account, only TweetDeck and HootSuite were given access. So, either TweetDeck, HootSuite or Twitter have some kind of undisclosed vulnerability which allows people to randomly compromise accounts through them... Or the Ruskies have developed MIND READING tech! In Soviet Russia, Twitter use you etc

    Mine's the one with the one-time pad in it

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