Via France 24:
The Twitter account of the French ministry of foreign affairs was the victim of cyber-piracy on Thursday, sending thousands of subscribers a hateful message about Roma people.
Usually more concerned with problems of dwindling resources and influence, the French ministry of foreign affairs had an altogether different problem to solve on Thursday: a hacker’s embarrassing post on the ministry’s official Twitter account.
The tweet, the name for a short text posted on the micro-blogging website Twitter, was written in English and strongly insulted Roma people.
At 8:23pm local time, after being online for around an hour, the message disappeared and was replaced with a less offensive tweet (translation of the message pictured in this article): “The account @francediplo has been hacked. We have deleted the message. We will take steps to ensure that this does not happen again.”
Unfortunately for the foreign affairs ministry, the cyber-attack had already been viewed by 46,448 people who follow its Twitter thread.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the website 20minutes.fr reported spotting a classified ad put out by the beleaguered ministry: “Two 2.0 Web project managers needed immediately.”
Read the whole thing here.
Not the first time they had problems with the internets, with a more elaborate hoax perpetrated just a couple months ago.