When Twitter attacks…

Like many other forms of technology today, Twitter also has its problems. The social media site is sometimes used by scammers and spammers, and there are other forms of trouble that abound. One source of woe: hackers. Twitter hacking may be less serious than viruses, phishing, and more well-known security threats, but it can still cause problems.


A case in point: Earlier this afternoon, nefarious hackers infiltrated the widely-used Tweetdeck platform. Among its victims was the BBC, as reported in this story. Several people whom I follow, including public officials, were likewise attacked. The result was a “Tweet” consisting of nonsensical gibberish. Because so many people around the world were affected, Tweetdeck actually took its site offline at once to assess the damage and prevent further attacks. It’s just another sign that social media outlets have to deal with the same security issues as the rest of the computing world.


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