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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik