BP pwned by Twitter pranksters
Another unfortunate leak
Oil giant BP suffered further embarrassment on Thursday after its official Twitter account was hacked.
Pranksters purloined the @BP_America Twitter account to write "Terry is now in charge of operation Top Kill, work will recommence after we find a XXL wetsuit. #bpcares #oilspill"
The message, which was deleted around 30 minutes after it was posted, was contained an in-joke referring to the fake Twitter account @BPGlobalPR. The wag updating this account regularly references a character called Terry in its satirical tweets.
Security firm Sophos speculates that poor password security might be behind the hack on the official Twitter account. Alternatively the password might have been captured via a phishing scam.
In any case the hack could hardly have happened at a worse time for BP, which is under fierce public criticism over the continuing oil spill from a platform it owns in the Gulf of Mexico.
Criticism and satirical jibes at BP are all over the blogshere. Comments include: "BP is trying to shut down @BPGlobalPR instead of shutting down the oil leak" and our personal favourite: "BP is trying to remake the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Oil Ocean level.Just throw some robots and a blue hedgehog in. #bpcares" ®
Maybe get your facts straight?
Not that I'm a sympathiser with any oil company but this rig was being operated by another company on BP's behalf. BP hired a US contractor (Transocean: Danciger Oil & Refining Company, founded in 1919 in Louisiana, USA) to do their drilling for them. Oil companies do not drill themselves, they hire locals to do it. Who follow local laws and HSE requirements.
Also, to drill you need to follow local laws. Due to the oil company lobbyists in the US these are not as stringent in the US as in the EU in order to maximise profits.
It is the whole industry that is at fault. Even more than that we all as consumers are liable and responsible. If there wasn’t this lifestyle to support there wouldn’t be the demand for oil which in the long run isn’t sustainable anyway.
Americans constitute 5% of the world’s population but consume 24% of the world’s energy.
We need the oil to carry on with the lifestyle we have, don’t we?
Our society is bankrupt and immoral, but won’t change, because it is owned by big business and needs us to be good little consumers.
BP don't come under any criticism from me.
They are trying to stop an oil leak, how many people around the world have experience with doing what they are attempting? Exactly: not many. Leave them to get on with it, the more you pressure them the more likely they are to rush the job and mess it up.
Last I heard they are covering every bill that comes from it, hardly worthy of harsh criticism is it?
Pension funds will reinvest in flogging tobacco to China, no problem
In the 19th century we were selling opium. That's heroin minus the convenience.
Apparently the best way to catch the oil is to drill another hole right into the first hole, and I assume they've been doing that all along but apparently it takes two months. They will then start burning the oil as it comes out, which seems rather a shame.
I hwonder if at some point it becomes feasible, and cheaper, for BP just to close its entire U.S. business and walk away...