Saturday 17 March 2018

Peppa Pig World website hacked

A hacker took over a web page dedicated to popular cartoon character Peppa Pig
A hacker took over a web page dedicated to popular cartoon character Peppa Pig

Pig-sick parents have complained after a hacker took over a web page dedicated to a popular cartoon character.

The Facebook page for Peppa Pig World, a visitor attraction based on the hit children's television show, has been filled with spam emails, random links and pictures, sparking angry comments from upset adults.

One of them, Morgan-Leigh Cummings, wrote: "If you're posting pics like this why don't you make your own page and update as many piccys as you want, instead of hacking 'Peppa Pig World' so just grow up and get a life!!"

Julie Loader wrote: "The hacker needs to grow up and go find something better to do than hack kids park pages. Get a life!!!!!"

The theme park, based near Southampton, has rides and play areas based on the show which is shown in around 180 different countries.

A spokeswoman for the attraction said the page was hacked on Monday and apologised for "what is frustratingly out of our control".

She said: "We remain in contact with Facebook and are doing everything we can to resolve the issue. The page has continued to experience spam posts but we are relieved that they appear to be inoffensive at present.

"Regrettably, we currently have no ability to remove the posts or the page itself as the hacker has taken complete control by claiming to Facebook that they were authorised to represent us. Consequently they removed the ability for us to access the fan page."

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