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Hackers recently gained control of an Indonesian government Twitter account to falsely broadcast an impending, yet fictitious, tsunami in Jakarta, Indonesia to over 8,000 followers. While this was by no means considered a catastrophic event it certainly, I’m sure, caused a bit of chaos and disruption to the people in Jakarta and in the surrounding areas. Doesn’t this sound like the 21st century version of yelling “Fire” in a crowded movie theater? In any event, as is the case with any failures related to technology, there are some important lessons to be learned from this miscreant-generated Tweet…or shall we call it a “MisTweet”?

The lessons learned and subsequent recommendations that follow go beyond the use of Twitter -- in fact, most of these apply to any and all forms of Internet-based communications.

Luckily the Indonesian Twitter fiasco did not result in any serious consequences; however, the next time someone maliciously sends emergency notifications via a social network medium we may not be as fortunate, so make sure your online accounts are well protected.

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