Councils across Spain are victims of hacker who issues death threats
Police have been called in after a succession of council Twitter sites in Spain were hacked and death threats posted to the local mayors and council officials.
The latest authorities to come under fire are Arona in Tenerife and Palma in Mallorca where experts have had to wipe the site clean because of the menacing messages posted in the cyber attack.
Palma council says similar instances have happened in Valencia, Pamplona, Berga and Albacete.
“They all share very similar characteristics to that of Palma, containing threats against public representatives, such as the mayor of these locations,” a spokesman confirmed.
The council says its Twitter site was hacked in the space of one hour, with tweets posted every five minutes, and has asked the technological research brigade of the National Police of Palma to investigate.
One of the death threats said: “There are thousands of ways to do it without anyone knowing anything.”
Another pledged: “I know where you live, where you move, and what is it what do you do, focus carefully.”
A statement from Palma council confirmed: “Police have been informed of the usurpation of the municipal account of twitter as a result of the serious content of the tweets with insults and personal threats against members of the Palma city council, especially the culture councillor and his family.”
“The council wants to condemn with all forcefulness not only the illegal usurpation of this twitter account but also the serious threats against public representatives.”
Palma officials have been in contact with Twitter “ to restore normality to municipal social networks and find the culprit.”
The accounts of the city councils of Pamplona and Albacete were hacked the following day, with insults and death threats. One of the messages told one councillor: “You have been in power now for one month. If you don’t change this city, you will find out how to leave your family.”
When the Valencia Twitter site was hacked, it showed the message: “This account has been hacked for corruption.”
More than 2,000 bogus tweets were posted in just two hours alone. Staff were unable to stop them as the password of the account had also been changed.
Pictures of council officials with threatening messages were also posted on the Pamplona and Albacete sites.
After regaining control of its Twitter site, Albacete had its own message for the culprit, posting: “To the hacker, greetings, see you in court!”