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Posted 1/12/15
Why does the US Central Command have a Twitter account in the first place?

But seriously, does this concern anybody?
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I think it's probably some 1337h4x0r pretending to be ISIS to stir shit up.
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No, because as outlets have stated:

1. CENTCOM, like many other agencies, use twitter for PR.

2. Twitter is a civilian company and not part of the military, which means the only concern is the lack of security from Twitter and their interests. There is no direct threat to CENTCOM themselves.
Posted 1/12/15
^ What they said.
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Ikaruga1 wrote:

No, because as outlets have stated:

1. CENTCOM, like many other agencies, use twitter for PR.

2. Twitter is a civilian company and not part of the military, which means the only concern is the lack of security from Twitter and their interests. There is no direct threat to CENTCOM themselves.


Yeah, but look at it the other way around.

This is a broad defense organization and they have a twitter.

Imagine if the CIA, who also has a twitter, was breached. What would their 140 characters be, "major breakthrough but sorry we can't tell you #gotcha"

These groups need to get off of social media because they are not part of society. They are institutions busy overseeing society, and while I would never put up propaganda supporting ISIS myself, this is a government operation, it has no business in the realm of free speech.
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Ikaruga1 wrote:

No, because as outlets have stated:

1. CENTCOM, like many other agencies, use twitter for PR.

2. Twitter is a civilian company and not part of the military, which means the only concern is the lack of security from Twitter and their interests. There is no direct threat to CENTCOM themselves.


Hole in one. Hacking the Twitter account of an institution like US Central Command to get attention is a bit like choosing to take on a professional cage fighter to show off what you've learned in karate class. Sure, you'll get some shots in, but he's going to lower the boom and break your spine the second he gets a good grip on you. Maybe some aren't concerned and consider the risk to be worth it, but as for me I think it's crazy.

I'm not actually sure why government institutions shouldn't have PR feeds, MC. That's part of maintaining a good image, which is crucial for recruitment of new personnel, keeping a good face for diplomacy, and all sorts of other things. If they're not saying anything about themselves at the DOD then the only thing people will hear is what others are saying about the DOD.
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BlueOni wrote:


Ikaruga1 wrote:

No, because as outlets have stated:

1. CENTCOM, like many other agencies, use twitter for PR.

2. Twitter is a civilian company and not part of the military, which means the only concern is the lack of security from Twitter and their interests. There is no direct threat to CENTCOM themselves.


Hole in one. Hacking the Twitter account of an institution like US Central Command to get attention is a bit like choosing to take on a professional cage fighter to show off what you've learned in karate class. Sure, you'll get some shots in, but he's going to lower the boom and break your spine the second he gets a good grip on you. Maybe some aren't concerned and consider the risk to be worth it, but as for me I think it's crazy.

I'm not actually sure why government institutions shouldn't have PR feeds, MC. That's part of maintaining a good image, which is crucial for recruitment of new personnel, keeping a good face for diplomacy, and all sorts of other things. If they're not saying anything about themselves at the DOD then the only thing people will hear is what others are saying about the DOD.


Hahaha, not to say it's smart, but the idea that this was done by ISIS supporters is permeating the news. It's more like it was done by people who chose to spread PR for ISIS.

The point is, if you're going to tell the American people the hacks are going to stop, figure out what is clickbait and what is a real story.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/us/politics/obama-to-call-for-laws-covering-data-hacking-and-student-privacy.html?_r=0
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Hahaha, not to say it's smart, but the idea that this was done by ISIS supporters is permeating the news. It's more like it was done by people who chose to spread PR for ISIS.


So not only is it choosing to show off your latest karate lessons in a fight against a cage fighter, it's a cage fighter you've recently flung a bucket of stagnant water at and told that his children are ugly. You're right, that's not smart.


The point is, if you're going to tell the American people the hacks are going to stop, figure out what is clickbait and what is a real story.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/us/politics/obama-to-call-for-laws-covering-data-hacking-and-student-privacy.html?_r=0


I'll have to read this one later, but thanks for providing it.
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BlueOni wrote:


morechunch wrote:

Hahaha, not to say it's smart, but the idea that this was done by ISIS supporters is permeating the news. It's more like it was done by people who chose to spread PR for ISIS.


So not only is it choosing to show off your latest karate lessons in a fight against a cage fighter, it's a cage fighter you've recently flung a bucket of stagnant water at and told that his children are ugly. You're right, that's not smart.


Certainly not helpful, but if somebody can get away with it because the bigger problem is the physical entity ISIS, watch them do it.
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Posted 1/12/15
Seems like hacking is starting to become a really common thing. Like before the whole Sony hack, I would hardly hear anything about hacking, well that's just me. Now I see it every week, something new and big being attacked by foreign hackers.
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ROFL, Um you probably need to check up on history, hacking is so comon place its not news worthy unless its a big event
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Posted 1/12/15
Not at all...
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Posted 1/12/15
Has it occurred to anyone that they take the names and variables of the names so other organizations do not take their name and mis-represent? Or am I thinking way beyond the box.
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Posted 1/13/15 , edited 1/13/15
^ What do you think I meant by "maintaining a good image", anyway?


Hachihime wrote:

ROFL, Um you probably need to check up on history, hacking is so comon place its not news worthy unless its a big event


It's true, hacking a social networking account isn't itself especially remarkable these days. Then again, it's not every day that the social networking account of an institution like US Central Command is hacked, is it? The flip side is that it was only their social networking account that was hacked, and further that US Central Command doesn't maintain the security of those websites (and therefore this doesn't constitute a failure on their part), but it's still noteworthy (if not newsworthy) that someone went after that social networking account out of all the possible others. It becomes certainly newsworthy once one considers that the reason that particular account was targeted was because the attacker was an ISIL sympathizer. This isn't Jane Doe's social networking account being hacked, it's the US defense community's. This isn't your usual goofball out to prove how 1337 they are, these were sympathizers for a terrorist organization.
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