What can a hacked social networking site do to society?

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20104165-245/nbc-news-twitter-account-hacked/?tag=topTechContentWrap;editorPicks

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.

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4 thoughts on “What can a hacked social networking site do to society?

  1. This a very interesting topic on cyber security that i believe would have a great impact on millions of Americans, and would most likely have a very chaotic and disturbing outbreak if this false information was actually released to the public. Also, you mentioned how there were false threats about a second 9/11 terrorist attacks and i think that especially this type of threat would certainly create a panic state for several Americans. For example, the 9/11 for many individuals was a terrible tragedy that really shattered their lives and their families. Many people lost their lives that day and many Americans actually were scared and stared to fear that other attacks would soon follow. This would be completely devastating for many individuals, because these threats would bring back all of the terrible memories from that tragic day ten years ago. Also, it is very important that, when threats and hacks on social media sites do occur, the problem should be corrected in a fast and timely manner to prevent anyone from feeling scared or afraid of another security attack or national tragedy.

  2. I completely agree with you and I am glad you see it where if these messages get out on these social media sites, then it could cause a very chaotic situation. And due to the fact there are hundreds of thousands of people on social media sites, it is very important that the information that goes on these sites be factual, and the nonfactual information should be removed as quickly as possible cause is people believe that the nonfactual information is real, could cause people to do things, that would be detrimental to society. And especially being that the tweets this time were about 9/11 a topic that sits very deep in many Americans hearts, could cause something to happen that would ruin internation relations.

  3. Do we know what vectors of attack the group used to obtain the credentials necessary to make fake posts to the Twitter account? Was it social engineering or something more complicated like stealing credentials from a database? Given the credulity of many Twitter users, and the number of ways a Twitter account can be accessed (through the API and apps for instance), something like this just seems like an accident waiting to happen.

  4. They have not really released information about how they obtained the credentials the make the fake posts, but yes you are right it is an incident waiting to happen be of the weak or lack of security on the twitter site. So it is probably time for Twitter to start the update their security features, kind of like how Facebook has been trying to update their security, so that incidents like this don’t happen again.

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