Police Twitter account hackers are based in an Asian country

Gang took advantage of a loophole in social media accounts’ security systems

Gulf News

Dubai: Dubai Police have said those responsible for hacking into their social media accounts will be prosecuted. The police’s Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and LinkedIn accounts were hacked on Sunday night. Police were able to restore them in less than two hours.

Maj Gen Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Chief of Dubai Police, said on Tuesday that police were able to identify the ‘anonymous’ Asia-based hacking group.

The group also hacked into the accounts of other organisations in the UAE, according to police.

Maj Gen Al Mazeina said a team of police officers and cyber crime experts had identified the culprits.

He added the group had taken advantage of a loophole in the security systems of the social networking websites.

“We will take the necessary legal procedures to prosecute the hackers,” said Maj Gen Al Mazeina.

He said the hackers posted some of the messages from Dubai Police’s Twitter account to their accounts.

“The Dubai Police website, accounts and all police applications are highly secure and it is very difficult to hack them but this Asian gang was able to do so because of some weak security points,” he said.

He added security would be boosted to prevent such incidents from happening again.

He said the police team had already started work on identifying the security gaps and would work on providing high security to police accounts.

The group identified itself on Twitter as @TheHorsemenLulz and wrote a message that says it hacked the account because Dubai Police are “spying on you”.

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