A leading Fianna Fáil politician has claimed to be the latest victim of online hacking after his Facebook account was used to express a preference for a site featuring scantily clad women.
Party finance spokesman Michael McGrath yesterday said he had deactivated his official Facebook account after it was hacked by someone and used to express a “like” for a Facebook account titled MILF of the Day.
“It was brought to my attention on Saturday afternoon. I know nothing about it. I immediately disabled my account and I will get to the bottom of how this happened,” said the Cork South-Central TD.
The post, “Michael McGrath TD likes MILF of the Day”, went viral online with many people voicing their opinions.
The page invites Facebook users to “Hover your mouse over the ‘like’ button to receive photos/videos of Sexy Mums across the world”. The site has over 80,000 likes.
Mr McGrath said he had realised the post had gone into “wide circulation” but hadn’t worked out which computer or device had been hacked, but he would probably be contacting Facebook in the days ahead.
“The account was either hacked or my identification was replicated. But it didn’t originate from me,” said the father-of-five who was first elected to the Dáil in 2007.
“To be honest I could do without this because this is something I would have nothing to do with.”
Mr McGrath said he had been dealing with media queries for much of yesterday and had no intention of reactivating his account until he knew it was secure.
He said he had been “reasonably active ” on Facebook where he has 3,500 friends.
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