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Karl McCartney 'writing to Twitter over security concerns'

Tory MP Karl McCartney insists he has never favourited any tweets and says he will be writing to Twitter to express concern over the security of his account.

A political opponent earlier highlighted that his Twitter account had favourited an explicit pornographic image.

In a statement to ITV News, he said:

It was brought to my attention earlier today by a number of people that a Twitter post from Lincoln Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate showed a pornographic tweet and around 50 other random tweets had been ‘favourited’ on my Twitter account from the past four years.

I have removed all ‘favourites’ from my account, I have reset my password and those who follow me regularly on Twitter will know that I have never been into the practice of favouriting tweets or images in my 6-7 years on Twitter and stick to posting or retweeting in the main (25k+) including at times images of interesting cars I see whilst out campaigning.

I am writing today to Twitter to express my concern that six months from a General Election the security of Twitter accounts needs to be able to stand up to any malicious and salacious attempts to embarrass the account holder, I will await their reply with interest.

– Karl McCartney

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Amnesty: Detekt app fights government surveillance

Amnesty says its new web tool is the first step in fighting back against government surveillance, an industry that they say is growing.

According to the Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports, of which Amnesty is a member, trade in surveillance technologies is worth more than £3 billion.

Amnesty: Detekt app fights government surveillance. Credit: Amnesty

Last year, computer analyst Edward Snowden turned whistleblower as he leaked thousands of top secret documents exposing a global network of surveillance taking place under the command of the US's National Security Agency (NSA), as well as the UK's GCHQ.

Web tool allows scan for government surveillance spyware

A new tool has been released that allows web users to scan their devices for known surveillance spyware used by governments in computers and mobiles.

Developed by Amnesty International alongside a coalition of technology and human rights organisations, the web tool, called Detekt, has been made available to the public to download, and can identify the presence of spyware within systems.

Web tool allows scan for government surveillance spyware. Credit: PA

Marek Marczynski, the head of military, security and police at Amnesty, said: "Governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that allows them to read activists and journalists' private emails and remotely turn on their computer's camera or microphone to secretly record their activities.

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