Northern Ireland secretary Chris Heaton-Harris' Twitter account hacked

Northern Ireland secretary Chris Heaton-Harris' Twitter account hacked

THE TWITTER account of Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris has been hacked after several offensive tweets appeared on the page.

On Monday morning, Mr Heaton-Harris’s account posted a spate of tweets, suggesting the account had been compromised.

Some of the tweets included swear words and one a racial slur.

The Northern Ireland Secretary deleted the tweets and wrote on his account:

"My Twitter account was hacked this morning, messages not posted by me have been deleted."

However, the tweet disappeared shortly afterwards and his account posted a string of further tweets, which suggested the account had been compromised again.

In one, the account said:

"We are passing a new law soon, all transgenders and homosexuals will now serve 10 years behind bars."

Eventually, the Northern Ireland Secretary appeared to get hold of his account, as the posts were deleted and he apologised in a new tweet.

He said:

"I’m afraid my Twitter account was hacked overnight and someone posted some deeply unpleasant stuff on my account for which I can only apologise."

Ms Heaton-Harris’ account being exposed comes just over a week after England's education secretary Gillian Keegan’s account fell victim to hackers.