“Hacking” is a much more common thing we hear in today’s media.
With online presence growing at a dizzying pace, we find people are getting up to all kinds of things, mostly behind the scenes. Hacking is nothing new. Since programmers began writing code, others began finding ways to re-write it. It seems that the recent target has been our beloved social media platforms. Losing followers for most folks would mean having to regain their faithfuls by looking into how to buy Twitter followers but outfits of this size rarely need to go this route.
It seems that Twitter is taking the bulk of the hits when it comes to invisible people doing not so invisible things to accounts that don’t belong to them.
Early in January, the Twitter accounts of the New York Post (NYP) and United Press International (UPI) were paid a visit in the form of several alarming, unfounded, and fabricated posts ranging from large scale economic hardship to world war scale military action.
According to these temporarily invasive tweets, Pope Francis had tweeted via the UPI, the “beginning of World War III”. As expected, this caused quite a stir although it was promptly removed.
NYP scrambled to remove a post on its Twitter, announcing many’s worst fears, that “active combat” had broken out between Chinese and US naval forces. As can be understood, “news” like this certainly perked a couple of ears before being taken down and the confusion cleared up.
Other Tweets, on both media outlets, ranged from the Federal Reserve adjusting rates to account for low oil prices and other alarming yet falsified post, which were cleared up by the end of the day but not before creating quite a buzz.
This comes on the heels of a highly publicized corporate hack at Sony Pictures late in 2014 which led to leaking of sensitive documents, private emails, and the loss of revenues in several areas of the company. That particular hack was purported have occurred by individuals in Asia but is still being investigated by several government agencies.
Regardless of the intent of these hacks, one thing is certain that the effect can range from less serious to the heavily politically charged, with ramifications that can have lasting effect. The current American administration has been forced to afford time and resource to address the reality of the increased occurrences.