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US CENTCOM Twitter Hijack 'Purely' Vandalism
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GonzSTL
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GonzSTL,
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1/14/2015 | 8:51:30 AM
Weak security practices
"We are viewing this purely as a case of cybervandalism." Maybe so, but the most disturbing aspect of this fiasco is that people in critical organizations are likely guilty of weak security practices. To extend that idea even further, do these same people have access to sensitive information? It isn't a stretch to believe that they are just as lax when it comes to actual work practices. One would think that with all the publicity of high profile breaches and the growing attack landscape, critical organizations would be more likely to enforce rigid security to protect themselves. It is particularly disheartening to see even minor breaches in organizations that we would like to think are locked down tightly. It is easy enough to simply classify this as "cybervandalism" and not an actual breach, but in reality, security protocol was breached, and this is a big embarrassment to the organization. Let's get real – this is the military we are talking about – US Central Command!
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/14/2015 | 9:15:26 AM
Re: Weak security practices
I agree. @gonzSTL The lapse may not elevate to the level of "attack" but it sure is an embarassment. 
mtanenbaum801
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mtanenbaum801,
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1/14/2015 | 9:51:19 AM
Centcom Twitter attack
The underlying problem is weak authentication on the social media platforms.  Yes, Hootsuite or a product like that can eliminate password sharing, but if the social media account, as reported, was tied to someone's personal email, you still have an attack vector.

The message here is that while Twitter is not used to launch missles or send troops into harm's way, the P.R. value of the attack is still high, so social media will continue to be a target.
Some Guy
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Some Guy,
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1/14/2015 | 12:11:35 PM
Nobody thinks Facebook or YouTube are Locked Down
Nobody thinks that Facebook or YouTube are locked down tight. The fact that mainstream media UNQUESTIONINGLY accepted and then reported the DoD had been hacked is only compounded by security professionals repeating the lie. There was no more sophistication in this vandalism than a fourth grader could do. Ooooh, the wannabes spray painted CENTCOM's public billboard.


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