Yesterday, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra lost access to her Twitter account. A nefarious hacker had stolen her password and locked her out, tweeting critical statements towards her and her government.
Her security team is now saying that the hacking was a result of an inside job, a Thai national who accessed her email and used that to break into her Twitter account.
According to the Associated Press, the hacker accessed YingLuck’s account (formerly at @PouYingluck), and tweeted eight times before going offline.
The tweets were all critical of YingLuck and her government, accusing them of cronyism and questioning their education policies. It closed off with the following:
“How can she protect the country, if she cannot protect her own Twitter account? Think about it.”
Although the hacker is still anonymous, YingLuck’s security team has told the Bangkok Post that they do have some leads, and suspect a Thai national first accessed the PM’s email and moved on to her Twitter account.
The PM is taking a break from Twitter for a time following the hacking.
This issue brings up the general security of a network like Twitter. According to recent data, 8 of the top 10 Twitter users have been hacked at least once, including fellow political figure Barack Obama. Most of the hackers target users – both high profile and regular accounts – by “phishing” or getting at their passwords through under-handed means.