Turk­ish Cy­ber In­va­sion

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Over the last cou­ple of weeks, a small group of hack­ers, ap­par­ently Turk­ish, were at­tack­ing the Twit­ter han­dles of mostly rightwing me­dia fig­ures in both the United States and In­dia. In the US, a num­ber of Fox News pre­sen­ters were tar­geted for some fairly am­a­teur trolling. While in In­dia tar­gets in­cluded ac­tor Anu­pam Kher, BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary Ram Mad­hav, Ra­jya Sabha MP and former jour­nal­ist Swa­pan Das­gupta and Puducherry lieu­tenant gover­nor Ki­ran Bedi. If in the US, the hacked ac­counts were es­sen­tially used to tweet pro-Er­do­gan mes­sages and warn­ings to not dis­crim­i­nate against Mus­lims, in In­dia the hack­ers added a per­sonal touch. “I love Pak­istan,” they tweeted from Mad­hav’s han­dle, which is worth at least a weak chuckle. More se­ri­ously, ques­tions con­tinue to be asked about Twit­ter’s laugh­able se­cu­rity. Ques­tions the com­pany ei­ther can’t or won’t an­swer.

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