The Metropolitan Police is running a cyber-crime investigation into the unauthorised publication of content on its news platform MyNewsDesk on Friday 19 July.
The site is a micro site that is used to publish and distribute news from the Metropolitan Police. It can be used to generate emails and to send Tweets as well as publishing stories. The unauthorised content was sent out on Twitter and via email as well as appearing on the news site.
In response to the incident we are working closely with Mynewsdesk and specialist Met cyber-crime investigators to fully understand what has occurred and if there are criminal offences. Immediate changes have been made to our accounts in response to the incident. There has been no compromise of the Met Police’s IT network.
As a precaution we are also temporarily using the official Met Twitter account @MPSOnTheStreet rather than our main account @MetPoliceUK, but we are working to resume service on the main account as soon as possible.
We apologise to our subscribers and followers for the messages they have received.