Conservative Senator Linda Frum’s Twitter account was hacked Sunday night, with those responsible sharing personal information including her drivers license and using racial slurs in their tweets. “hi linda, can u drive us to the mall please?” read one tweet. The tweet then shared an image of both the front and back of her drivers license, showing personal information including her address. No motive for the hack was made readily apparent, but the perpetrators tweeted that they “don’t appreciate corrupt politicians” and included an emoji of the Palestinian flag. The group of hackers linked accounts and referred to themselves as the “spank gang,” claiming to “run twitter.” The hacking comes just days after a high profile hacking incident in Germany, where multiple politicians and officials – including German Chancellor Angela Merkel – had personal details dumped online.
Frum isn’t the first Senator to be hacked. Conservative Senator Don Plett had his Twitter account hacked in late October, although the hackers opted to take a more lighthearted approach. Rather than sharing personal details, they shared their thoughts on the feud between popular female rap artists Nicki Minaj and Cardi B – and changed his photo to that of a more muscular, heavily tattooed young man.
Plett’s problems were quickly resolved and his only damage control took the form of a lighthearted tweet.
Such high profile hacking incidents have prompted concerns among experts about furthering targeting of politicians and elections.