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BBC Weather Forecast Calls for Hacked Twitter Account

banksyJust in case the travails of Burger King, Jeep and countless others hadn’t made it clear, here’s yet another reminder that Twitter accounts are easy, attractive targets for hackers.

This one comes courtesy of the BBC’s official weather account, which a few hours ago was putting out innocuous stuff like this:

But about an hour ago someone claimed the account in the name of the “Syrian Electronic Army,” with this tweet:

 

And since then things have gotten more … interesting.

 

 

 

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