MPS Twitter account

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Reference: 
2019/17698
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Metropolitan Police’s twitter account was recently hacked. What steps have been taken to ensure this does not happen again? What steps have been taken to ensure that all GLA family accounts are secure?

Answers

MPS Twitter account

MPS Twitter account

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response. Please be advised that there may be some delay as the information also requires input from functional bodies.

MPS Twitter account

MPS Twitter account

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS Twitter account was not hacked - the security breach was a weakness in a third-party app that automatically posts to the MPS’s Twitter account. This was rectified within 1 -2 hours and remedial action taken. My Deputy Mayor has raised this with the MPS Chief Digital and Technology Officer and sought reassurance that this issue has been resolved. Additionally, we have just conducted an internal review of the security of the GLA's social media channels, while we have not identified any causes for concern in this regard, we have incorporated social media security into a broader security review which will be commissioned from an external supplier in the autumn.