Jeremy Clarkson's Twitter account hackedPA

The Top Gear star was on the receiving end of a nasty cyber attack earlier this week as web hackers managed to gain access to his Twitter account and post a link to a spam weight-loss programme.

Mr Clarkson isn't the type to back down so he quickly took to his keyboard and responded saying: "I have been hacked by spammers. Luckily I have acquired a special set of skills over many years. I will find them. And I will kill them."

The response sounded eerily like a phrase uttered by Liam Neeson in the action film Taken, but Clarkson followed up the tongue-in-cheek threat with another Tweet that said: "Unlike some people, I will find who hacked my account. And I will visit them."

The first Tweet was posted by hackers at 11:13am on 18 February with a link to a weight loss website, but it was simply one of many scams which claim you can lose miraculous amounts of weight by eating acai berries.


Jeremy Clarkson's Twitter account hackedJeremy Clarkson/Twitter


It took Clarkson most of the day to respond to the hackers as his first retort came at 6.18pm, perhaps he was busy watching Taken for inspiration.

The news comes after Burger King and Jeep both had their accounts hacked in less than a day, raising serious questions about the security of the popular social media site.

Twitter has responded by hiring more engineers for its product security team, "to build a more secure platform and user experience".