Australian politicians seem to be getting a taste of their own medicine.
Residents frustrated with data retention laws and other cyber snooping measures are using a clever security loophole to send iMessages to the emails of various government ministries. The trend began after a software engineer released the clever trick on Twitter under the handle @wordsonaplatfrm. Basically, all users had to do was enter the politician’s publicly available work email into their iMessage apps, which would then connect to that person’s Apple devices. Presto! You instantly have a way to text message and troll your least-favourite public servant.
Let the games begin.
In case you’re wondering why most of the users are targeting Attorney-General George Brandis, it’s because he’s the one leading the charge on the controversial mandatory metadata collection efforts that are causing the anger in the first place. But he wasn’t the only one receiving strange messages that day:
Unfortunately though, it wasn’t long before the politicians caught wind of what was going on and started de-linking their work emails from their iMessage apps.