MP’s internet sites hacked

ONE of Suffolk’s newest MPs last night expressed her frustration after discovering that someone had hacked into her non-parliamentary internet accounts.

Therese Coffey said the culprit had gained access to her website and blog along with her profiles on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

The messages left by the hacker included unpleasant remarks about Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha.

Posting on her blog at 9.32pm last night Miss Coffey, who last month became MP for Suffolk Coastal, said: “My account has been hacked - am trying to rectify the problem now.”

At 9.47pm she posted an update saying: Apologies - think I’m back in control now.”

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Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times last night Miss Coffey said she thought she had managed to trace the culprit.

“I came back to my computer and discovered someone had hacked into my website, blog, Facebook and Twitter - it is very frustrating,” she said. “I have managed to get control back of them all apart from Twitter - I am still having trouble getting hold of anyone.

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“It is not a very nice thing to have happen.”

Miss Coffey, who lives in Westleton, said it also served as a warning about the importance of internet security.

“It is incredibly important to be careful when you are on line,” she said. “I’ve now changed all my passwords and hopefully everything will now be OK.”

Miss Coffey, who used to work for the BBC, replaced long standing Suffolk Coastal MP John Gummer at May’s General Election.

She received a total of 24,475 votes (46.4%) - a majority of 9,128.

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