PSNI chief's Twitter account suspected hacked

Detectives are investigating a suspected hack of the Northern Ireland police chief's Twitter account.

Monday, 31st July 2017, 11:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:05 pm
The tweet was spotted and deleted within minutes

The incident happened around lunchtime on Thursday when a tweet was posted by George Hamilton’s Twitter handle.

It is understood the oddly structured message contained a person’s name followed by a jumble of apparently random letters.

The tweet was spotted and deleted within minutes.

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An investigation has now been launched into the suspected security breach.

Head of PSNI’s Cyber Crime Centre, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, said: “At this time we believe there is a possibility the account was maliciously hacked.

“Inquiries are currently ongoing. There are no further details at this time.”