An Australian social network is claiming it has successfully hacked the Twitter account of the Prime Minister, prompting concerns it may have been used to target political opponents.
The Daily Mail reported that ello, a new social network, had “successfully infiltrated the Prime Ministers Twitter account”, after the account was hacked on Sunday morning.
“We have verified the claims and are currently looking into the matter,” an ello spokesperson told the Daily Mail.
Ello was founded by the Australian comedian and journalist Jack Black in 2016.
A number of celebrities have been targeted by the network, including Victoria’s Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, the Australian actress Kate Moss, the former US vice-president Joe Biden and the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
It has also targeted the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Federal Police.
In August, the Prime Minster himself tweeted a photo of himself posing with an elliott poster on his Twitter page, saying: “This is the poster I found for ello.
I can’t believe we’re doing this.”
According to the Daily Telegraph, an ellow account was also used by the United States president, Donald Trump, to attack Australia’s national broadcaster.
ABC News reports that the Prime minister and other top figures on the political left have been subject to the network’s hacking attempts.
One of the most notable recent examples of political hacking came earlier this year when the Federal Police were accused of trying to hack into the ellows email account of Australian National University student Emma Newman.
Emma Newman’s personal email was reportedly accessed by hackers who accessed her university’s email account in November.