Regardless of how broad and comprehensive internet security becomes there are always loop holes that can be exploited by the skilled and roguish to access sensitive information. The April 23rd attack on Associated Press’ Twitter account is one such example. In the aftermath of the attack federal agencies were quick to spring into action to review and overhaul their current security plan to avoid future incidences.
“Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured”, read the tweet posted on AP’s twitter account. Even though onlookers were quick to determine that the news was a fake since no other news agencies reported anything similar, its impact was felt in the stock market. The worrying message caused the DOW to plummet a staggering 100 points only to recover moments later. A little social media spy told us that ripples from the effect were very real.
The hacked tweet set off warning bells at security agencies offices that got all the incentive they needed to plan and implement defensive strategies based on GSA’s guidelines. Responsible for supervising 40 plus social media accounts which regularly post agency updates and earthquake alerts, Scott Horvath of the United States Geological Survey stated that “When