Met Police Twitter, emails taken over in bizarre hack

The UK's Metropolitan Police have been targeted by a bizarre hack, which saw its its social media and email accounts taken over for a short time.

Several emails and tweets were sent from accounts belonging to the police on late on Friday night (local time) calling for the release of rapper Digga D, among other things.

Newshub was sent several emails from the Metropolitan Police press account. The initial messages were gibberish, but they eventually became political.

"F**K THE POLICE FREE DA GANG!! #CHUCKLINGHELLA," one said.

Another simply said "FREE DIGGA D".

Digga D is a drill rapper who implied he had been jailed in an Instagram post in late May, where he asked for feedback on his music to be sent to London's Wandsworth Prison.

One of the emails sent to Newshub and other outlets.
One of the emails sent to Newshub and other outlets. Photo credit: Newshub.

Messages asking to free him made their way from emails to the official Metropolitan Police Twitter account, where it was shared to 1.2 million followers.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed the hack to the Mirror, asking people to ignore the tweets.

"We are aware that the @metpoliceuk has been subject to unauthorised access and our media team are working hard to delete the messages and ensure the security of the account."

The tweets have since been deleted, and links in the emails sent from the Metropolitan Police press account do not work.

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