Tsunami warning faked from hacked Twitter account

Although Twitter is generally regarded as a wonderful thing this next story is an example of what can happen if it gets into the wrong hands as false information can be quickly spread, such as a false tsunami warning.

This is exactly what happened a couple of days ago when the Indonesian President’s disaster management adviser, Andi Arief’s Twitter account was hacked into. Messages were then sent from the account with fake tsunami warnings which understandably caused a certain amount of panic especially as lives were recently lost there in a Tsunami. There was no reason for anybody to suspect at first that the message was fake as Arief frequently uses Twitter.

One of the tweets read “Besok jakarta tsunami” which means “Jakarta tsunami tomorrow,” according to an article by Stan Schroeder over on Mashable, sourced from The Jakarta Globe. Once Arief became aware of the problem control of his Twitter account was regained and this message sent, “Selamat Siang Sahabat … Account Saya Telah Kembali Normal.. Terimakasih Atas Perhatiannya.. Salam,” meaning it was ‘back to normal.’

That must have been a relief for a lot of people but does demonstrate how dangerous hacking can be. For more on this go to mashable.com. Have you ever heard any examples of fake messages being sent on Twitter? We’d like to hear from you so please do send us your comments.