Hackers take control of Commissioner Twitter account

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European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu acknowledged Tuesday her Twitter account was infiltrated over the holiday break.

“My account has been hacked. Pls disregard tweets, RTs, &likes posted in the last 48 hrs. We are working on solving issue asap. Apologies,” she tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

A Romanian media outlet picked up on the hack after it appeared Creţu had “liked” pornographic images through her account. Those posts no longer appear on her page.

She also “liked” a picture of a Lego Batman, an image of a sleeping fox, a wedding photo and a link to a song by Rede called “Thick Brown Gorgeous.” These were still visible Tuesday afternoon.

“Her team has already taken the necessary measures to solve the issues and secure the account,” said a Commission spokesperson. It was unclear when the account was hacked, detected and repaired.

While most of the commissioner’s liked tweets before December 23 touched on European politics, the ones after ranged from marketing campaigns to Justin Bieber fan tweets. Many of the recent accounts she followed include spam-like users, while previously she mostly followed Eurocrats.

It’s not the first time Creţu was involved in a hack, either. When former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s email was infiltrated in 2013 by hacker “Guccifer,” a series of deeply personal email exchanges between the two, including photos of Creţu in a bathing suit, were revealed.