The Twitter account of Arron Banks, the millionaire businessman who helped fund Nigel Farage’s Brexit marketing campaign, has been hacked and personal messages leaked online, he has stated.
The police and the social media platform have been knowledgeable, the co-founder of the marketing campaign group Leave.EU stated in a press release on Tuesday.
Mr Banks’s Twitter account has since been taken offline.
“I became aware last night that my Twitter account had been hacked and that persons involved have posted personal data obtained illegally via Twitter,” he stated.
Mr Banks accused Twitter of not responding to requests to “remove the illegal downloads”.
“Despite the obvious lack of security at Twitter relating to personal data, they have deliberately chosen to leave personal data in the public domain,” he alleged.
A spokesperson for Twitter advised Sky News: “We have taken steps to safe the compromised account.
“We will continue to take firm enforcement action in line with our policy which strictly prohibits the distribution on our service of materials obtained through hacking.”
Sky News understands the National Cyber Security Centre, which is the GCHQ-linked physique in command of defending in opposition to cyber assaults, hacks and different online intrusions, has not but been requested to get entangled in investigating the incident.
Andy Wigmore, a enterprise associate of Mr Banks, stated a Twitter account referred to as White Pings Security Team had claimed accountability for the hack.
The @WhitePings account has been suspended.
This is certainly one of quite a lot of suspected cyber assaults in the course of the election marketing campaign.
Mr Banks is just not a politician however he has shut ties with key political figures akin to Mr Farage, chief of the Brexit Party, and was the primary donor to Leave.EU in the course of the 2016 Brexit referendum.
The Labour Party was hit by two cyber assaults final week, designed to attempt to disrupt its online platforms.
The Conservative Party additionally suffered a cyber assault.
Sources advised Reuters there was at the moment nothing to hyperlink the assaults on both celebration to a international state.
Security officers are alert to the potential for international states akin to Russia trying to intrude within the election utilizing cyber assaults, disinformation and different types of unconventional warfare.