Tattooist issues warning after hackers take control of Facebook page

Dan Reid-Young, owner of Twisted Arts Studio.

A Richmond tattooist has urged other business owners to ensure their Facebook accounts are secure after his was hacked.

Dan Reid-Young, who runs Twisted Arts Studio, in Richmond, lost control of his business Facebook page last month.

The artist said he suffered sleepless nights due to the hacking and has seen his business suffer.

Dan believes someone took control of the page after he clicked on a notification, which appeared to come from Facebook but was generated by the hackers.

Within minutes he had been removed as an admin from the page, which has more than 10,000 followers.

Despite numerous requests to Facebook for help, he has still not got the page back, with the hackers using it to post footage from video games on.

Dan said: “It took eight years of hard work to build the page up and it was gone within seconds.

“For two weeks I didn’t sleep properly because of it — I was thinking are people are messaging us and thinking we’re being ignorant or don’t want their business because we don’t message back.

“I don’t want people to think we’re ignoring them — we just have no access to the messages on the page.”

Dan has urged other businesses to check their security measures.

“It can be devastating for a business when we all rely on our social media accounts and word of mouth.

“It’s been so stressful and I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through it.”

The new Twisted Arts page can be found here.