After a BBC twitter account had sent out a tweet saying that US President Donald Trump had been shot, BBC confirmed that the account had been hacked and that it was not true.
BBC Northamptom had sent out a tweet at 10:52 am on Saturday claiming that US President Donald Trump was shot. “Breaking News: President Trump is injured in arm by gunfire #Inauguration.” After the tweet was re-tweeted by many believers, BBC later confirmed that the account had been hacked and that the claim is false.
How Did they Know it was Hacked?
According to BBC, a US hacking group called OurMine detected “unusual activity” on the BBC Northamptom twitter account, and so decided to “re-hack” it.
A spokesman said: “We didn’t hack it at the first time. We saw unusual activity on the account and we re-hacked it to make sure if the account was hacked or not, and unfortunately it was hacked. We just tweeted that someone hacked it.”
“We never hack anyone for no reason. We are a security group.”
OurMine has previously hacked Netflix, Marvel and NFL twitter accounts to prove that they are vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Apologies from BBC
BBC Northamptom later tweeted to apologize for the unfortunate event. “Apologies to anyone who saw an unusual tweet from our account this morning. We do appear to have been hacked and we are looking into how.”
A BBC spokesman said: “We are investigating and taking steps to ensure this does not happen again.”
In their full statement, they said: “BBC Northampton’s Twitter account was hacked this morning.
“The tweet was removed quickly, as soon as we realised the situation.We are investigating and taking steps to ensure this does not happen again.”