Ryan, You need to get off TWITTER immediately and protect your family from the hurricane. That is an order.A suspicious e-mail sent to NBC director of social media Ryan Osborn • Leading to a possible infiltration of Osborn’s computer. Osborn, being obviously confused by such a weird message (received during Hurricane Irene), responded and received another message in return that said “I’m the girl next door” and contained an attachment. Osborn then mistakenly opened the attachment which contained a Christmas tree. Security experts say an infiltration like that could have caused a keylogger to get installed on Osborn’s computer, which may have led to yesterday’s hack. This, of course, underlines why having strong computer security is important, even for an organization like NBC News, which claims their security was otherwise so tight that only three executives knew the Twitter account’s password. And how far The Script Kiddies were willing to go to pull off such a hack. source (via • follow)
The NBC News twitter account was hacked late this afternoon and as a result, false reports of a plane attack on ground zero were sent to @NBCNews followers. We are working with Twitter to correct the situation and sincerely apologize for the scare that could have been caused by such a reckless and irresponsible act.Official statement by NBC News on the Twitter hack.
smatteredtidbits said: I work at NBC (granted, in LA) but there has been absolutely no mention of this. It’s normal in the newsroom. Just FYI :)
» SFB says: Thanks for the note on this. It seemed clear due to the writing style, but at the same time, this went out to a solid 100,000 people. The account is currently suspended, along with the account for the Script Kiddies, which is a responsible move on Twitter’s part. (Sophos has more details on the hacker group.) Tumblr user Sic Transit Vir also left a note on the post suggesting that in future cases like this, we put it behind a jump. As we (as a general rule) don’t do jumps, in the future we’ll try to put giant notes on the images, including this one. — Ernie @ SFB