Twitter users were left stunned last night after the Met Police’s social media accounts and website were apparently targeted by hackers.
Press releases and tweets published by the hackers called for the release of drill rap artist Digga D and mocked those who might be trying to contact the Force.
One post read: ‘FREE DIGGA D ON FOENEM GANG’, while another said: ‘What are you gonna do phone the police?’
Others messages included: ‘F**K THE POLICE FREE DA GANG’, ‘We are the police… Cal and Dylan are gay’ and ‘no comment get my lawyer’.
Scotland Yard said in a statement that the security issue only affected its its MyNewsDesk account, which they use to send press releases.
The statement said there had been no ‘hack’ of its IT infrastructure.
‘While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.’
It then continued: ‘We apologise to our subscribers and followers for the messages they have received.
‘At this stage, we are confident the only security issue relates to access to our MyNewsDesk account. We are assessing to establish what criminal offences have been committed.’
Digga D, real name Rhys Herbert, was jailed last year after he and a group of teenagers were caught heading out to meet a rival gang with baseball bats, machetes, masks and gloves.
He was charged with conspiracy to commit violent disorder in Notting Hill.
Police also applied for a court order to stop the group making drill music, which featured sounds of gunshots and lyrics glamorising violent crime.