Ads for Russian brides on Swedish FM's hacked blog

28th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Ads for Russian brides and motivational speakers that temporarily appeared on Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt's blog could have been the work of hackers, he said Tuesday.

"There is apparently some hacking going on," Bildt told news agency TT when asked if he had started selling ad space on the popular blog, on which he comments on foreign affairs and other current events.

TT reported that an ad for a website of "beautiful Russians looking for love and marriage" first appeared on Bildt's blog after he entered a post on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)'s summit in Kazakhstan in early December.

An ad for motivational speakers appeared a few weeks later, followed by one offering "professional financial advice from local experts around the world," TT said.

None of the ads were still visible Tuesday.

Bildt's spokeswoman Anna Charlotta Johansson told AFP that the blog did not normally allow ad space, and that the suspect ads have since disappeared.

She said she had never seen the ads herself, but had been provided with a screen shot showing "an ad for arrangement of Russian brides" on Bildt's blog.

Bildt is very active on both his blog and Twitter account, to which links are posted on the Swedish foreign ministry's official website.

He was criticised for describing the blasts that rocked central Stockholm on December 11 as a "terrorist attack" on Twitter before Swedish police or the prime minister had spoken on the matter.

© 2010 AFP

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