RTL News hacks accounts of politicians with leaked passwords

RTL News hacks accounts of politicians with leaked passwords

RTL News has socialmedia accounts of a number of politicians have been compromised by the use of previously leaked passwords.

On the twitter account of SGP leader Kees van der Staaij placed RTL News, even a tweet.

The journalists knew the accounts to penetrate with passwords that leaked in previous large data breaches at LinkedIn, Dropbox and Adobe. Many politicians appear to be the passwords that are in these files also use it for other accounts.

Not properly secured

At Van der Staaij and Member of the Dutch parliament Pieter Omtzigt of the CDA, it was possible, as the Twitter and LinkedIn account to enter. At other, unnamed politicians managed to get into the Facebook account.

Omtzigt acknowledges that his account on LinkedIn is not properly secured. He says that he is the password on the social network is not often enough has changed. According to the politician, succeeded RTL News to his Twitter account to break in.

Van der Staaij to let you know that he is the “annoying that this could happen”. He has proposed the passwords of his accounts more often to change.

The passwords that are captured in data breaches at LinkedIn were encrypted. However, the passwords are linked to email addresses or user names and is so well known to any person the account belongs. RTL News has the passwords are deciphered, and then trying to log in to various other accounts of politicians.


“Is it punishable to be in a account to enter. That is called computer intrusion, and there is a years in prison,” says internetjurist Arnoud Engelfriet in a reaction against

“But RTL will say that they do this from the journalism interest and without any damage. Than is usually of the prosecution apart. The importance of large wrongs to show, then, is heavier than the criminal interest in prosecution.”

Not informed

RTL News writes the accounts to have been hacked because of internet security of politicians “is an important and topical issue”. Hacked politicians are not for the publication of the story informed. RTL is not to say, or there is sensitive information in the accounts is detected.

Speaker of Khadija Arib says compared to RTL by direct a team to ensure that Mps will advise and assist in security of social media.

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