How safe is your Twitter account?
Twitter security is once again in the news after Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula claims his account was hacked.
JOHANNESBURG - Just how safe is your Twitter account?
It's a question Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula is dealing with after a raunchy picture was posted from his account on the popular social network on Thursday night.
A picture tweeted from Mbalula's account showed a young woman in lingerie posing in a very revealing position. The minister has since deleted the post, claiming that his account was hacked.
He posted that the image used was from a Nigerian website.
As @SizweDhlomo put it: the picture posted here is old. From a Nigerian website -the Twitter user alleging it's a Mandisa from here is lying— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) January 29, 2016
How would and old picture from a website in Nigeria land on my Timeline is not really an unknown - my account was hacked yesterday.— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) January 29, 2016
New Twitter laws make it illegal for anyone to post such materials without the permission of the owner.— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) January 29, 2016
Lawyer Ben Wicks says while one would need a mature technology to hack into a Twitter account it is not entirely impossible to share unsolicited content.
"By clicking on certain websites while you are logged onto your Twitter account or any other kind of social media account, or accessing unsafe websites while you are using your mobile device. The security of your social media accounts can become compromised and you can find that you are posting all kinds of spam or other unwanted content without your knowledge."
He says a forensic investigation would have to prove whether or not Mbalula's account was accessed illegally.
"The minister seems to be suggesting that it may be an agenda, that an individual may have hacked his account and to do that they would have to either have very sophisticated technology or to somehow have deciphered his password. If that's the case it's a serious invasion of his privacy."
Listen: Mbalula's twitter account was hacked. Would it be easy to find the hackers?