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Hackers who posted a photo of a woman in a bikini on a police forces' Facebook account on a missing person appeal have been branded ‘disgusting’.
West Yorkshire Police have been forced to apologise after their account was briefly hacked and an inappropriate post was made.
The post followed an early appeal to find missing teen Cadey Smith, who has now been found safe and well.
As reported by YorkshireLive, Members of the public were shocked to see another appeal about Cadey, sent by the hacker, featuring a photo of a bikini-wearing woman and false details.
The hacker's post read: “concerns for missing 21 yr old female, Cadey Smith from NEWYORK. 172cm tall, BOTTOM 90, CHEST 90CM AND HAVEN NOT LOVER.”
West Yorkshire Police were quick to act on the incident by deleting the post but this was before it was shared over 89 times and received 174 comments.
The force also issued a statement to address what had happened and apologised over the incident.
West Yorkshire Police wrote: "We are aware that our Facebook account was compromised this morning through unauthorised access.
"We acted quickly and were able to take down the post within eight minutes.
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"We have since taken further action to secure the account and an investigation has been launched.
"We apologise for any offence this may have caused."
A number of Facebook users commented on the apology post to express their disgust over what was posted and some mentioned being frightened over how hackers got hold of the account.
One user said: “Absolutely disgusting if I’m honest, I couldn't believe what I saw this morning”.
While another commented: “I hope you track down this person and prosecute them to the full extent of the Law.”
Another user hoped that the force had also apologized to the family of the missing girl.
They wrote: “I hope you apologised directly to Cadey's family too. Not the girl in the picture, the young 14/15 year old missing girl who was named on that post.”
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