Sunday 19 November 2017

Internet hackers make a Twit out of red-faced Boyle

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

GREEN Party Senator Dan Boyle has become a victim of internet hackers who took over his celebrated Twitter account.

The junior coalition party chairman's online messaging infamously kickstarted the Greens dramatic U-turn on former Defence Minister Willie O'Dea.

Just hours after the Greens' six TDs voted to back Mr O'Dea two months ago, Mr Boyle told the world via Twitter that he didn't have confidence in him.

The message sparked crisis meetings for the Greens and by the following day Mr O'Dea had resigned his ministerial role.


But the senator -- who has 3,061 followers on the social networking site -- saw the flipside of the modern communications method last night, when his account was taken over.

"My apologies. It seems my Twitter account has been hacked. I am taking corrective action," he tweeted yesterday.

The attack does not appear to have been politically motivated, though, as some of Mr Boyle's friends and followers received messages promoting a website.

Among the Twitterati to be approached by the bogus Boyle account holders was Colm O'Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland.

"Yeah, I thought that direct message promoting a dubious Facebook app was a bit odd!" he messaged the senator last night.

Mr Boyle used Twitter to good effect on the night of February 17 when he expressed his unhappiness at his belief that his party was "bounced" into supporting an early motion for Mr O'Dea.

"I don't have confidence in him. His situation is compromised. Probably be a few chapters in this story yet," he wrote.

Within 24 hours, Mr O'Dea was gone and Twitter had claimed its first political scalp.

Irish Independent

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