Hacked Twitter spreads false Tsunami warning
Indonesian gov advisor's account used for badness
Tiresome miscreants broke into the Twitter account of an Indonesian government advisor on Thursday to spread false warnings of an impending Tsunami.
Andi Arief, the Indonesian president disaster management advisor, has posted genuine warnings about earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions hitting the Asian country over recent months. More than 8,000 people following his updates were confronted by a message on Thursday suggesting a Tsunami would hit Jakarta on Friday.
The bogus message was posted to the account after the bad guys gained control of the micro-blogging update, probably either by guessing the password or via a phishing attack. Arief set up a new account to deny the false rumours while he sought to regain control of his previous account, a process that took some hours.
The Jakarta Globe has more details on the micro-blogging hack here.
Additional security commentary on the incident from net security firm Sophos can be found here. ®
If they get hold of this scum.
The next time there's any huge natural disaster these people should be thrown out of a helicopter right in the middle and be refused any help after that.
Then they will learn first hand how devastating natural disasters are and why they shouldn't cry wolf.
There's a complete tit involved here all right.....
Trouble is, it's the tit who has decided that officially issuing critical warnings like this via something with as many gaping security holes in it as Tw@ter is a good idea.
Providing even the least talented s'kiddies with a cast-iron, gift-wrapped method of causing mass panic? Very clever I'm sure.
The tactics used may be reprehensible, but I doubt that any number of warnings as to the many risks involved in using something like Tw@ter as an official communication channel for critical information would have been taken quite as seriously as this has. Whatever the perpetrators' motives may have been, I reckon they may have done the good citizens of that part of the world a favour, assuming Andi Arief gets the obvious message....
Why on earth
would anyone choose to use twitter , or presumably facebook, for this sort of thing? If nothing else it depends on foreign infrastructure.
Local licenced radio and TV stations, and loudspeaker cars can't be hacked.