Is this the most random Twitter hacking ever to have befallen a law firm?

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By Thomas Connelly on

Hill Dickinson’s Twitter account “hacked” by The Undateables fan


As far as hacking goes, a Liverpool-based corporate law firm’s Twitter account wouldn’t be at the top of most cyber criminals’ lists. So Hill Dickinson really has been rather unlucky.

On Monday evening an unusual Tweet — a screenshot of which is below — was sent from the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) account to its (no doubt bemused) 378 followers.


The tweet, which was deleted yesterday after the firm claimed it had been hacked, appears to reference the Channel 4 show the The Undateables — a series which follows members of the public with challenging physical and mental conditions on their pursuit to find love.

The “Alec” who is mentioned is one of the stars of the show and suffers from Saethre Chotzen Syndrome, a rare genetic condition. During the programme — which was on air at the time of the tweet — Alec had a date with a 24 year-old research scientist named Charlie (see the Vine clip below).

However, it appears the hacker wasn’t a fan of Charlie, who they referred to as a “crank” before warning Alec to “run for the hills”. Why a hacker should choose to do this via a law firm’s Twitter account may forever remain a mystery.

A spokesperson for Hill Dickinson told Legal Cheek:

“Our CSR account has been hacked and the tweet you highlighted has been deleted.”