US Central Command Twitter hacked

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Mildredop, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. Mildredop macrumors 68020

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    Could someone please explain to a layman (that'd be me) how on Earth this can happen?!
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    Crappy security ?
     
  3. juanm, Jan 12, 2015
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    There are worse things to hack than a twitter account. I'd suggest you watch John Oliver's segment about lax security around nuclear weapons. Frightening.
     
  4. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Being Twitter, am I right in thinking that crappy security is a rubbish password?

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    Totally agree, which is why I'm intrigued that they managed to hack the Twitter account of such a high profile, high security department.

    Also, how come a bunch of terrorists manage to do this at all?!
     
  5. samiwas macrumors 68000

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    It's Twitter. I hardly think Central Command is using it for national security communication. And they don't control security of Twitter.
     
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    Man now you made me go and change my Twitter password !!

    :p
     
  7. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well, of course not! But it's embarrassing nonetheless. So, is the answer to my original question simply that the administrators of the account had a rubbish password that allowed the hackers to just guess away?

    password
    twitterpassword
    twitterlogin
    centralcommand
    twtrpswrd

    etc etc etc until they got it right?
     
  8. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    When I first got a computer in Africa, my PLO and Syrian computer techs told me small case, large case, signs, ie. #$% and mix them up, it seems to work.
     

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