Kirstie Allsopp's Twitter Account Hacked By 'Free iPad' Scammers

British TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp's official Twitter account has been hit by the 'free iPad' scam, currently spreading across the platform and other social networks.

Scammers hijacked the Channel 4 presenter's Twitter account, using it to send links to dubious websites, that claimed to be distributing free iPads, to her 47,000 Twitter followers.

Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley, via a blogpost, said: “The links took unsuspecting fans to webpages which encouraged them to apply for free iPads by handing over personal information and signing up for scams that charged £4.50 per week.”

The TV presenter, who hosts popular real-estate shows 'Location, Location, Location' and 'Kirstie's Homemade Home', was alerted to the scam by friends after they noticed a series of out-of-character tweets being sent from the profile.

Following this, Allsopp immediately changed her password and profile pictures before deleting the offending tweets.

Sophos reminded users to apply difficult-to-guess passwords for their profiles on social networks and never use the same password for multiple social networking accounts to help prevent such attacks.