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BT and Nigel Mansell Twitter Accounts Hacked


BT Business and Nigel Mansell both fell victim to a Twitter account hijack on friday which then went onto punt a popular diet pill scam.

@btbusiness and @Mansell5 were both directed to a weight loss site on friday, where there was an article discussing the supposed benefits of Acai Berry.
@btbusiness soon noticed and regained control of their account, however @Mansell5 was only changed over the weekend, with Nigel tweeting on sunday evening, “I’m thinking its time to choose a new password!”
The image above shows the @btbusiness offering 🙂

The Acai Berry spam attack has been seen numerous times before, last December when Gawker was hacked a number of Twitter account were hijacked because users were using the same password on both their Gawker and Twitter accounts.

It appears no harm was done this time but both BT Business and Nigel Mansell could have faced a lot more embarrassment over this, if they had been punting something other than diet pill scams.