Sunday 18 February 2018

Six Irish politicians who've been the victim of 'hackers'

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The social media world is a dangerous one, especially if you're someone in the public eye.

Over the last few years, accounts of note have been subjected to many hacking attempts, some of which were successful. Even major news organisations like CNN, Fox News and AP News have been hacked by organisations like the 'Syrian Electronic Army' - which tweeted from those accounts to (falsely) claim that  US President Barack Obama had died and declare Joe Biden the new President.

Many high-profile American celebrities and politicians have been the victim of hackers, like Donald Trump, whose account was made to quote Lil' Wayne.

The scourge of hackers has spread to Ireland with some politicians falling foul of the hackers, who seems to target mostly older, male politicians on once-off, seemingly random attacks.

We've collated a list of the Irish politicians whose social media accounts have been compromised over the course of their career.


Jim Higgins

In June 2013, Ireland's NorthWest European Constituency MEP Jim Higgins claimed he was hacked following a tweet with read "ANGLO can f**k off. Those tapes are digusting"(sic).

He followed up the rogue message with  decrying the "fake tweet", writing "While I find #anglotapes disgusting – would never use foul language on twitter. Deleting fake tweet now. JH"


Alex White

In February 2014, Alex White, Labour TD for Dublin South and Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care (there's a title for you), was hacked when his Twitter account favourited a tweet of a "beautiful goddess" from the 'Best Teenies' account, wearing just a t-shirt covering only her shoulders.

Following the compromise, White made his Twitter account private and told the "I'm changing my passwords."


Oliver Morgan

Dundalk Independent Town Cllr Oliver Morgan made a complaint to Gardai after his Facebook account was hacked and used to upload a video of an unidentified masturbating man to the 'Dundalk Friends, Photos and Craic' page.

He told the Dundalk Democrat that he was "fraped".

According to '',  he posted on Facebook that the incident was "filthy vilification" and related to "evil elements" who "tried to destroy" his "public representational career in 2010."


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