The 2.5 million followers of Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, learnt that he had resigned because he was ‘ashamed of the government’s actions’ and was going to pursue a career as a freelance photographer when his Russian-language Twitter account was hacked today.
Shaltay-Boltay, a Russian hacking group, has said that it carried out the attack, and claims that it also has access to the prime minister’s Gmail account and iPhones.
The Russian government blocked Shaltay-Boltay’s blog in July.
Russian cyber crime was recently in the news when it was revealed that a gang of hackers had reportedly stolen 4.5 billion records, in what is thought to be the biggest data breach of all time.
As ever, we advise Internet users to exercise caution when using online accounts, and to change passwords frequently.
An effective cyber security posture, as outlined in the international Standard ISO/IEC 27001, embraces all elements of information security including people, process and technology.