Russian premier's Twitter account hacked

Aug 14, 2014, 7:03 AM EDT
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
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The Twitter feed of Dmitry Medvedev was hacked on Thursday, with the infiltrators posting a message saying he had resigned. BBC reports:

The Russian-language feed, which has more than 2.5 million followers, was also filled with tweets denouncing the country's president, Vladimir Putin. The impersonator wrote that Mr Medvedev would be pursuing a new career as a freelance photographer.

A Russian hacking collective has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The government quickly confirmed the account had been hacked. "I resign. I am ashamed of the government's actions. I'm sorry," the infiltrators initially wrote, following it up with tweets saying that electricity would be banned, and that Vladimir Putin was "wrong."

One person who likely didn't see the fake tweets was Canadian P.M. Stephen Harper, who has unfollowed Medvedev's feed. CBC News states:

Earlier this month, CBC News pointed out that the Simpson family's patriarch and Dmitri Medvedev were among the noteworthy people and organizations that Harper followed on his Twitter account @pmharper.

What made Medvedev's inclusion particularly noteworthy was that he was the only foreign leader followed by Harper and that Medvedev's tweets continued to be followed by Harper despite the tough criticism coming from the Conservative government about Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

But days after CBC News published the story, Harper's Twitter account, which at present follows 221 people, unfollowed Medvedev.

Asked about the sudden unfollowing, Carl Vallée, a spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office, said in an email: "The Putin regime's aggressive behaviour in illegally occupying Ukraine speaks for itself. We have no interest in following Russian propaganda."

However the Twitter falling out appears to be one-sided, so far. Medvedev continues to follow the prime minister's tweets.

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