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Police have blamed hackers for sending a link to an indecent image from an official force Twitter account.
The Essex Police account sent a tweet apparently advising members of the public about how to stay secure while browsing the internet using the hashtag #CyberAware on Friday morning.
In fact the force had itself fallen foul of cyber criminals as a link contained in the message directed users to an indecent image and dozens of users pointed out the mistake.
A force spokesman said staff had acted quickly to remove the malicious tweet.
The tweet included a link which took users to an offensive picture.
Our initial assessment of the site hosting the picture is that it is not running any malware but any users who visited the site are advised to run their security software to ensure their computers have not been infected. An investigation is now being carried out to establish how our account security was breached and steps have already been taken to prevent a recurrence.
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A rare and exceptionally well-preserved example of the World War II cipher machine, The Enigma, is due to be auctioned later. The machine had a huge impact on the course of 20th-century history, playing a critical role in the codebreaking story that unfolded at Bletchley Park.
Used by Nazi forces during World War II to transmit coded messages - and with around 159 million million million possible settings - the German command was convinced that the Enigma machine produced an unbreakable code.
Famously, Alan Turing and the team at Bletchley Park proved otherwise and their ground-breaking work is said to have shortened the war by two years and saved up to 22 million lives.
Many Enigma machines were destroyed by the Germans as they retreated at the end of the war and the example going under the hammer today could fetch between £50,000 and £70,000.