After the bombings in Boston, all of America is on high alert to say the least. We always have been on alert, but it seems that danger lurks all around us at times. On April 23rd, the group known as the Syria Electronic Army hacked into the AP’s twitter account. The reason? So that they could fool us into thinking that the White House had been bombed and President Obama had been injured. This is not the first time the SEA has allegedly used Twitter to cause panic. They also allegedly hacked into Twitter accounts of the BBC, Sepp Blatter and CBS. This is, of course, in addition to the various accounts that they use of their own until they are suspended. Once gone, they simply open up a new one.
While on the surface it might seem like only words, those words can have devastating effects. Imagine a relative of a White House employee seeing such a tweet from a respected agency like the AP. Anyone that saw that tweet before it was refuted would have been alarmed and looking over their shoulder. The stock markets were actually affected as they dropped by one hundred and thirty six billion dollars.
The bottom line is that terrorists operate in fear and they really don’t seem to care how they generate it. Using Twitter seems like a joke on the surface, but it is no joke at all. Social media is not immune to evil at all. In fact, it is a bit alarming to think of the various methods they could use this powerful medium to further their agendas.
No doubt an American task force of some kind will dig into this and try to figure out a way to prevent it, but it seems like a daunting task indeed. Hackers are always coming up with new and effective ways to skirt the law. It seems there is always a game of cat and mouse that these folks play with the law. As soon as we think we have something taken care of, they find a new way in.
Twitter is something that we may ultimately have to look at as similar to the rags we see in line at the grocery store with alien prostitutes and Elvis sightings…We may have to simply look at it as a place to get information that has to be confirmed elsewhere. In fact, I would say that is a good policy to have anywhere on the Internet.
Keep that in mind the next time you come across such a horrible story. It might be a total fabrication.
So before you RT or Share, show you care by checking out the truthfulness of your Tweet.