Jul 4, 2014

Twitter becoming the latest instrument of terrorism

Terrorist groups have been targeting Twitter to put out fake warnings and alerts. But this is only the beginning of social media terrorism.

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster


Technology writer and broadcaster

Weapons systems are refined most quickly in the crucible of conflict. It's no surprise, therefore, that digital techniques are evolving fast in the Middle East, hinting at the possibilities for when cyberwar moves beyond propaganda and disinformation to something a little ... hotter. Overnight Australian time, someone broke into the Israel Defence Forces' official Twitter account, @IDFSpokesperson, and issued a fake alert: "#WARNING: possible nuclear leak after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility."

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One thought on “Twitter becoming the latest instrument of terrorism

  1. AR

    Bring back Kevin “Andrews” Android & Keelty’s Keystone Kops for alerting us to the dangers, ten years ago, to the threat of the SIM card of terror, wielded with such lethal effect by the hapless Dr Haneef.

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