Nick Griffin has responded with good humour to his official Twitter account being taken over by a secretive hacking collective.
The BNP chair posted: "Nick Griffin Trolled. Good night." after his Twitter account was hacked by a member of Anonymous last night, and his feed populated with controversial comments.
My new video of election campaign on http://t.co/kXIQFYrLrL— Nick Griffin MEP (@nickgriffinmep) May 2, 2014
Griffin discovered that his Twitter feed had become infiltrated late on Friday night, telling his followers: "This account has been Hacked by @Anon_0x03."
The hacker claimed to be part of the "hacktivist" group Anonymous who fight surveillance of the Internet by disrupting websites associated with government interference.
However, it wasn't entirely clear to those following the exchange why Twitter user @Anon_0x03 targeted the official twitter page of the British National Party Chairman in the first place.
The user made deliberately provocative statements, posted Griffin's telephone number and engaged directly with other users during his time at the helm.
Defecating in studies of the bbc.— Nick Griffin MEP (@nickgriffinmep) May 2, 2014
But while his comments were certainly colourful enough to draw plenty of attention, when a Twitter user asked @Anon_0x03 what he hoped to achieve, it became clear the hacker was out of his depth.
According to The Telegraph, the hacker didn't appear to know much about the far-right party, but were simply trying to cause trouble for the BNP.
"What are you actually going to do with the account now you've got it? @bnp" one user tweeted to the hacker.
"No sure, any ideas? I don't really give a ****. It was just a random target. I'm not even from GB," the hacker replied.
In general, the Twitterati has reacted to the hacking with expressions of amusement rather than sympathy.
After all, as many users pointed out (below), it was a little difficult to know where Anonymous started tweeting and Nick Griffin stopped.
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Haha! @nickgriffinmep has been hacked. Look what they've posted!
What's that? This was before the hacking?May 3, 2014