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Political cyber sabotage in Kelowna mayoral election campaign

Former Kelowna mayor and current mayoral candidate Sharon Shepherd has found herself the victim of cyber bullying after her old Twitter account was hacked.
October 12, 2014 - 10:13 AM

KELOWNA – The RCMP are investigating after someone hacked former Kelowna mayor Sharon Shepherd’s old Twitter account.

It appears someone used the Twitter account to attack the mayoral candidate’s reputation in an effort to discredit her.

“Those who know me soon realized my previous accounts had been take over without my knowledge or permission, for the apparent purpose of political sabotage,” Shepherd says in a media release. “Several inappropriate comments were posted from an older account long left behind.”

Shepherd says she takes the issue of cyber bullying very seriously and has contacted the RCMP.

Fellow mayoral candidate and city councillor Colin Basran has issued a statement expressing his deep disappointment with the hack of his competitor’s Twitter account.

“As an elected official, who has also been subject to online personal attacks, I understand how hurtful this can be,” he says in a media release.

Image Credit: Global Okanagan/Twitter

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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