On the heels of news reports stating our Predator drones' data feeds were hacked by hostile forces in Iraq, Twitter, the micro-blogging Web site, was reportedly taken over by the Iranian Cyber Army. While the news of Predator drones was very alarming, I find the news of Twitter being taken over disturbing.
Why? Because the enemy is within our midst.
The Predator drones, considered by the military as "highly effective weapons" for fighting terrorists and hostile forces, were compromised using a software download that costs a mere $26. According to The Wall Street Journal, the software is easily accessed on the Internet. The Pentagon assures us that the threat "has been taken care of." Whether this means the site or the drones isn't clear. The Wall Street Journal also reports the possibility of the drones being hacked has existed since the 1990s, but our military did not believe that enemy forces would be able to access it. Worse, it seems the U.S. knew the information had been compromised because they had found it on captured computers.
If our enemies are capable of hacking into military software, why would we think that sites such as Facebook and Twitter are immune? The simple answer is we shouldn't. The greatest danger, as I see it, is that all of the various applications allowing data sharing as a means of "paying" for the use of an application mean that once terrorists have gained access to one part of our social media world, they can access everything else.
For instance, there are many government entities on Twitter and Facebook. Entities like, oh, the White House, #10 Downing Street, U.K. Parliament, President Barack Obama, and the United Nations. I would hope their Facebook and Twitter accounts aren't tied to confidential files, but I don't feel safe knowing the Pentagon had knowledge that the drones were susceptible to hacking. Plus, what if they're able to access my family beach photos?
All kidding aside, here is what the Iranian Cyber Army had to say (below). By the way, I am certainly glad they have a Gmail account.
THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY
U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But They Don’t, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power,
So Do Not Try To Stimulation Iranian Peoples To….
NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA?
WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST
According to Biz Stone's blog, Twitter is back up and operating normally.