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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.

 

 

 

(Image courtesy of Radoslaw Lecyk/Shutterstock.com)


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work