Met Police Investigate Infiltration Of News Server

The London Metropolitan Police is investigating a possible hacking occurrence after unauthorised messages were posted via the Met’s MyNewsDesk platform

The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content. When a story is published via MyNewsDesk, it appears on the Met’s website and Twitter accounts and generates an email to those who’ve subscribed to receive their news updates.

Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of the website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers.

A statement by the Met says “While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk”.

“At this stage, we are confident the only security issue relates to access to our MyNewsDesk account.

There has been no ‘hack’ of the Met Police’s own IT infrastructure.

We are assessing to establish what criminal offences have been committed”

“We apologise to our subscribers and followers for the messages they have received” the statement adds.

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