Don't be a twit

A band of computer hackers who pride themselves on having been able to hack some of the most high-profile networks in the country has struck again – and this time, they hacked the Senate's server in Washington, D.C.

The system was hacked, but the security of the network was not compromised. The group has also claimed that it hacked into Sony's and Nintendo's systems, and claims it was the one who defaced the PBS website after the network aired a documentary which cast a negative light on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The hackers said they broke into the system because they can, and because they wanted to attempt to help the government "fix their issues."

Hacking is a crime. In more ways than one. Lots of celebrities have been hacked. Britney Spears' account has been hacked more than once. Rapper Lil' Wayne, Tameka Cottle, President Barack Obama, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were all victims of hackers. Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber were hacked, and it soon appeared they each had no followers. 

When these kinds of hacks occur, not only does it cause problems for the celebrity, it costs money. You have to hire "people" to take care of the aftershock sometimes.

Now it has become the ultimate excuse. After a lewd TwitPic briefly appeared on Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter account, he denied sending the photo, saying his account was hacked. The incident turned into "Weinergate," and we've since learned that Weiner not only sent that picture, he also sent a ton more, along with text messages. The whole thing is still under investigation.

What have we learned here? If you use Twitter, don't be a twit. Make sure you are using a sensible, hard-to-crack password.

And if your last name is Weiner, well, consider changing it – and closing your Twitter account. 

Published Tuesday, June 14, 2011 3:06 PM by bulldog
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