Twitter hackers target 'Dr. Who' cast members
Two former cast regulars on the long-running BBC hit series “Dr. Who” have had their Twitter accounts hacked by pill-pushing spammers.
Colin Baker , who played the time-traveling science fiction character between 1984 and 1986, discovered Sunday that his Twitter account had been compromised and was being used to hawk diet pills containing Acai berries to his approximately 32,000 followers.
"I seem to have been hacked so ignore body fat tweets from me," tweeted Baker. "Sigh -- so what do I do about that? " Apparently, operating his time-hopping phone booth, the TARDIS, was easier for the 6th Doctor than resetting a Twitter password.
Within two hours, though, he had a new password and had shut off the flow of diet spam
Two weeks ago, a more recent alumnus of the show, Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond, was also targeted by the Acai spammers. After pleading with her more than 236,000 followers to ignore the spam tweets, she, too, reset her password and turned off the spam spigot.
Other Dr. Who cast members have been exploited on Twitter to sell less savory offerings than diet pills. Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays Clara Oswin Oswald, was used in a hashtag scam last year designed to send unwitting fans to an Asian porn site.
Hacking the Twitter accounts of celebrities has a long history on the microblogging network. In 2009, for instance, more than two dozen high-profile accounts were hacked, including those belonging to Barack Obama and Britney Spears.
In terms of magnitude, however, celebrity hacks pale compared to the massive breaches of Twitter accounts that appeared last spring when 50,000 Twitter usernames and passwords were posted to the Internet -- most of them duds -- and later, when 10,000 usernames and passwords of microblogggers were aired on the Net by a band of hackers calling itself LulzSec Reborn.