Labor wants an investigation into the 'hacking' that led to the 'like' on gay porn content by Christopher Pyne's Twitter account

Christopher Pyne. Photo: Stefan Postles/ Getty Images.

Australian politicians are concerned that hackers who “liked” gay porn on defence industry minister ­Christopher Pyne’s Twitter ­account have also accessed sensitive government information.

Pyne claims his Twitter account “liked” a video, from the ­account “XxxPornGay”, after it was hacked.

“I was hacked overnight! I was (sleeping) at 2am. Someone tried to hack my social media yesterday,” Pyne tweeted.

“Maybe they are making mischief over the plebiscite”.

According to the ABC, the tweet was apparently shared by a Twitter “bot” account called Auspolwatch, which notifies its followers every time a federal politician’s account likes a post.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called for an ­investigation into the hacking, saying it is needed to ensure sensitive defence information was not obtained.

Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi also moved a motion in the Senate demanding the government investigate the hack, which Shorten said Labor would consider supporting.

“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.

“We want to make sure that important military and defence information can’t be hacked… I do think we need to get to the bottom of it.”

The like came from a Twitter bot. Photo: Eric Thayer/ Getty Images.

Even Liberal senator Eric Abetz said the hack of the minister’s “social media account” was a “matter of grave concern”.

Meanwhile, Pyne, who is overseeing Australia’s $50 billion defence manufacturing program, says there is no need for an investigation.

“The account in question was a public, online, social-media account, not a defence, government or parliamentary social media account,” he said.

“There are no defence or national security implications. It’s a salutary reminder to all of us that not everyone out there wishes us good will, to routinely change passwords and to be mindful of cyber security.

“The minister’s office was alerted by Facebook yesterday that there were attempts to breach his Facebook account.”

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