Katie Hopkins is an odd creature.
The former UK Apprentice contestant has carved a peculiar career for herself by continually saying ever-more objectionable things to the media. Sometimes she's classist, sometimes she's racist, sometimes she's both.
The press lap it up, of course, by reprinting her comments, giving her own column, or inviting her onto the mid-morning TV sofa to enrage viewers. The newspapers and TV are in cahoots with Katie - they give her a platform and help her increase her infamy as a pantomime villain, she gets them clicks and viewers' eyeballs.
How long she will be able to continue her career as "Britain's Biggest Bitch" remains to be seen. It's a tricky situation for her, as she always need to be *more* outrageous to ensure that the press don't get bored with her. At some point, it's going to be tricky to outdo herself... and then the media will find her less interesting.
What she's done, therefore, is open a Twitter account from where she can directly address her half a million followers with her views on, say, whether failed prime ministerial candidate Ed Milliband looked like he was on the autistic spectrum.
But, oh dear, someone hacked outspoken Katie's Twitter account this weekend. The attacker deleted her past tweets, posted an unflattering picture, called her "Jiggly Jaws Katie", and claimed to have a sex tape of the controversial television personality.
The idea that Katie Hopkins could have a sex tape and not have already released it to the media seems unlikely to me, so I think we can discount that possibility.
As Virus Bulletin editor Martijn Grooten commented:
"Not easy to hack Katie Hopkins's Twitter and tweet even more outrageous things, but someone did try"
Of course, things could have been worse. The hacker could have posted links to malicious content from the popular account, and attempted to infect visiting PCs or phish their credentials.
Katie Hopkins might be wise to review her security settings, and consider enabling Login Verification to better protect her Twitter account.
Of course, maybe Katie doesn't care that her Twitter account was hacked. The news of the hack has filled the tabloid press so I imagine she's thinking - mission accomplished!
It seems to me that the best thing of all to do if you find Katie Hopkins' views - on everything ranging from red-haired children to Islam to obesity to children's names - offensive is to simply ignore her.
Katie Hopkins craves publicity, so don't give her any attention if she upsets you.
And yes, I realise that I'm writing about Katie Hopkins and possibly adding to her fame in a very minor fashion, but then - because I understand what she's doing and why she's doing it - I don't take her seriously, I think she's irrelevant and she doesn't make my stomach turn.
Unlike, say, Piers Morgan.