MOSCOW, August 21 (RIA Novosti) - A group of hackers, who gained access to the Twitter account of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, have released his password, explaining that they did it by hacking his iPhone, a representative of the group told the Izvestia newspaper Thursday.
“Do not use iPhones. I mean, you can use them, but do not store your personal data there,” a press secretary from the “Anonymous International” hacker group told Izvestia in an interview.
Medvedev’s Twitter, Facebook and other social network accounts were not actually hacked; the group gained access to them by infiltrating the prime minister’s iPhone, where Medvedev wrote down a password in a note, the representative said.
In 10 days, “Anonymous International” also intends release correspondence from Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich’s records, Izvestia added.
On August 14, entries claiming “I’m resigning,” and “I feel ashamed for the government,” appeared in Medvedev’s microblog on Twitter. The prime minister’s press service immediately announced that his account was hacked. Responsibility for the hacking was claimed by “Anonymous International,” which was also involved in publishing the private e-mail correspondence of several high-profile Russian officials.
At the end of 2013, the White House security service prohibited US President Barack Obama from using an iPhone. Izvestia reported that back then Russian lawmakers were starting to consider banning foreign smartphone use by the country’s officials, and replacing them with Russian-made Yotaphones.