What can a hacked social networking site due to society? Recently the NBC News Twitter account was hacked by The Script Kiddies, who posted things such as “Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5739 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. More as the story develops,” and they also sent of messages that said “This is not a joke.”
Could you imagine being a person, sitting there on the 10th anniversary of the 911 attacks and receive a twitter message, whether it be on the computer or on your cell phone, stating that there has been another attach. This kind of hacks could have caused mass hysteria and panic.
Though thanks to the fast work of Twitter and NBC News the posts were deleted and NBC posted an apology for it and also told fellow titter followers to disregard the tweets posted because they had been hacked and not to retweet them.
Now could you imagine what would happen if this message could have gotten out even more. NBC has 133,306 followers out of the 312,190,826 people in the united states. With the use of other social media sites, such as Facebook, were there are even more people connected to it, hackers could use this to spread new, that is false, that could cause people to believe this information and act upon it with out really knowing the true situation.
We must applaud the fast action of the administrators of the NBC Twitter account and the administrators of Twitter for correcting this problem. It is probably due to this that there was no problems and this is probably a great response to the situation on their part. The group that hacked the twitter account, The Script Kiddies, are really an unknown group right now, but who knows what they are planning next. It is my recommendation and well as probably a lot of other users of Twitter for the creators of Twitter to update and increase security measures and security options on their accounts so they can try to avoid this in the future.