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Brexiteer Arron Banks claims his Twitter account was hacked after private messages leaked

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BREXITEER Arron Banks has claimed his Twitter account has been hacked after private messages were leaked online.

Mr Banks blasted the social media giant for its “obvious lack of security” after his personal data was posted this afternoon.

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Some of the offending tweets included a line saying "here all my data and PMs" and directed users to a link to allegedly access Mr Banks' information.

A police probe has been launched with officers now “investigating whether any offences have been committed".

Mr Banks, a Leave.EU co-founder and Ukip donor, said: “I became aware last night that my Twitter account had been hacked and that persons involved have posted personal data obtained illegally via Twitter.

"The matter has been reported to the police.

Despite the obvious lack of security at Twitter relating to personal data, they have deliberately chosen to leave personal data in the public domain.

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"Twitter were notified 12 hours ago, and despite repeated requests they have taken no action to deactivate the account or remove the illegal data downloads.

“Despite the obvious lack of security at Twitter relating to personal data, they have deliberately chosen to leave personal data in the public domain."

The Brexiteer’s unverified Twitter account has since been suspended after his lawyers warned leaked posts could break the Computer Misuse Act.

Computer security experts have claimed the sharing the alleged private messages could land Twitter users arrested.

Ray Walsh of privacy website ProPrivacy told The Mirror: “Members of the general public who download the hacked files are reminded that disseminating and commenting on these materials could be deemed as a prosecutable offence.

"Citizens need to understand that anything they publish on social media from the data breach could potentially lead to legal action under the Data Protection Act."

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: "We are investigating whether any offences have been committed under the Computer Misuse Act after we received a report that a Twitter account was compromised."


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