Friday, October 02, 2020

Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has said that his Twitter account was hacked by an individual located in Belgium who posted a Tweet about former Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh.

The Tweet, which appeared on Mr Flanagan’s account in the early hours of Monday morning briefly before being deleted, said: “Sapirse [sic] mchugh photo skinny dipping”.

The Castlerea-based politician then said his account had been “compromised” and that he would contact Twitter to establish what happened.

Today, Mr Flanagan has said that the Directorate-General for Security and Safety of the European Parliament (DG SAFE) is assisting with a police investigation into the “unauthorised use of my Twitter account which took place from a location in Belgium.”

He said his parliamentary assistant, along with an appointed investigator from DG SAFE, met with the Belgian Police on Wednesday morning.

“I have now established that my Twitter account had been logged into on a third party app called Tweetcaster. This app allowed an individual to tweet from my account using an old password. This app was used twice to access my Twitter account from Belgium on September 28th. The same day that an unauthorised tweet was posted and then deleted from my account.

Mr Flanagan said he has been based in Ireland since March this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. He said the police have been provided with the Belgian IP address associated with the use of his account on the Tweetcaster app.

“They are now working with me to establish the exact location and identity of the individual who has carried out this malicious act of vandalism on my good name,” he added.

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