Just a few months after an impostor who opened a fake Facebook account for the then newly- appointed Kenya’s Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo was arrested, and weeks after hackers exposed financial details of various celebrities – including US First Lady Michelle Obama – the African Union Commission’s (AUC) chairperson is the latest victim of the rising trend.
A press release issued a few hours ago from the AUC headquarters in Addiss Ababa states that “hackers in the social media space, masquerading as the AUC Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Clarice (N.C.) Dlamini Zuma.”
Below is the complete press release:
“Social Media: AU Commission requests desistance from utilizing AUC Chairperson’s name, Dr. Nkosazana Clarice (N.C.) Dlamini Zuma
Hackers in the social media space are masquerading as the AUC Chairperson
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 4, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – It has come to the attention of the African Union Commission that there are hackers in the social media space, masquerading as the AUC Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Clarice (N.C.) Dlamini Zuma.
The AU Commission would like to make it absolutely clear that the AU Commission Chairperson, is currently not holding any accounts with social media platforms. The AU Commission would like all and sundry to desist from the unauthorised utilisation of Her Excellency’s name.
The African Union Commission holds official accounts with Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.”