Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has shut down calls for an investigation into defence industry minister Christopher Pyne’s “hacked” Twitter account.
Just before 2am on Thursday, Pyne’s Twitter account “liked” a tweet featuring explicit gay pornography. Just before 6am, Pyne tweeted that his account had been hacked.
I was hacked overnight! I was ???? at 2am. Someone tried to hack my social media yesterday. Maybe they are making mischief over the plebiscite?
— Christopher Pyne (@cpyne) November 15, 2017
Yesterday, Opposition leader Bill Shorten backed calls yesterday for an investigation into the incident amid concerns that military and defence information may have been stolen or compromised.
“I actually think when any minister has their account hacked, but in particular any minister when they are the defence minister, this is serious,” Shorten said.
“So I do think there should be some investigation and explanation.”
Today, Labor has changed its position.
Albanese said the ALP would not be pursuing the matter further.
“I spoke to Bill Shorten last night and we’re satisfied this is a public Twitter account,” he said.
“[Christopher Pyne] has taken action to deal with it, so as far as we’re concerned it’s over.”
Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi moved a motion for Attorney-General George Brandis to investigate the incident, but Labor says it will not support him.
Pyne maintains that no government information from his portfolio was at risk, and has used the incident as a lesson to be more proactive when it comes to changing passwords.
“It’s a good reminder to us all, quite frankly,” he said.
“We need to keep changing our passwords and being aware of not anybody (sic) out there wishes us goodwill, unfortunately.”
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