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Thousands of UCL students signed up to porn websites and One Direction fan club in mass email leak

Students were signed up to a One Direction fan club Photo: PA

Around 26,000 students at University College London have been signed up to porn websites, One Direction fan clubs and UKIP amongst others.

The hack is being called #bellogate and is trending on twitter, after an email simply saying ‘bello!’ was sent from provost@ucl.ac.uk – the university’s president Professor Michael Arthur.

The hack started after an email was sent from Professor Michael Arthur Credit: UCL

The email string all-students@ucl.ac.uk was used filling student's inboxes with messages from sites included PornHub, GayPornTalent, YouPorn, Ukip, One Direction Fan Club, OKCupid, and dating service Shaadi.com.

The problem was made worse as confused students replied to the emails which were then also send around those hacked.

The university has issued a statement confirming that no student bank details have been compromised and that the email list has been closed down.

Overnight, multiple emails have been received by students on an all-student email list. Some of these purport to come from the UCL President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur via the previous Provost's e-mail address, provost@ucl.ac.uk. However, unfortunately, the problem was compounded because replies were posted to the list, and the email address was used to subscribe to various sites. UCL ISD are investigating this problem as a matter of urgency.

– Mike Cope, UCL