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Yes Scotland senior staff email account hacked


By Stephen Lepitak | -

December 1, 2013 | 2 min read

The main email account for a senior member of the Yes campaign, which aims to win the independence vote for Scotland next year, has reportedly been hacked, with its board members then taunted over the poor security measures in place.

According to The Sunday Herald, the hacker emailed senior figures for the campaign, including Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon through the Yes account to state; "This is yet another exposé of the poor security and user practices in place by individuals associated with Yes Scotland."

The Yes campaign has previously complained to police about an individual, who may or may not be the same person, having hacked into its staff's email accounts, when it was reported that academic Dr Elliot Bulmer had been paid to compose a newspaper article.

It was determined by the campaign that the information of the payment could only have been discovered via a BT Yahoo account, with BT believing the culprit to be located in Ireland.

Police subsequently failed to determine whether any hacking had taken place, which led to rival campaign, 'Better Together' claiming the issue had been "an extraordinary waste of police time.”

The latest email hacking is understood to have taken place in August, with the culprit also stating that the act was not politically motivated, or intended to harm the campaign, but to highlight the “poor security and user practices in place” by Yes Scotland staff.

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