Daily Mail hack boasts about being able to ‘trace’ personal phone numbers of Twitter users

And this is one of the reasons why we need press reform.. If this is true and this person isn’t just bluffing.. then something really needs to be done about this kind of behaviour.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – I’m sorry to say)

There have been rumours for some time now that some people – police, journalists, hackers – are able to trace personal phone numbers and home addresses of Twitter users if the user was accessing Twitter from a mobile phone.

I’m not sure of the legality or not of the alleged methods used – but needless to say it bypasses the expensive and time-consuming proper method of getting a legal notice to force Twitter to reveal information about its users.

I was therefore very interested when it was brought to my attention that a journalist who regularly writes for the Mail and the Express was openly boasting on Twitter that she had used her ‘contacts’ to ‘trace’ the personal numbers and home addresses of people she claimed had been trolling her*.

Now given the disgraceful recent history of journalists hacking personal phones – many…

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