Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Among the tweets posted by the hackers on The Onion's feed were "UN retracts report of Syrian chemical weapon use: 'Lab tests confirm it is Jihadi body odor,'" and "#TheOnion readership mass confusion as Syrian Electronic Army takes over. All demand a permanent column."
In response, The Onion quickly published an article stating, "Following today's incident in which the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into The Onion's Twitter account, sources at America's Finest News Source confirmed that its Twitter password has been changed to OnionMan77 in order to prevent any future cyber-attacks."
And while the Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for taking over E! Online's Twitter account, the fake tweets there were far less political: "Exclusive: Justin Bieber to E!online: I'm a gay," and "E! News Breaking: Justin Bieber arrested in Dubai due to false tweets with him coming out situation developing."https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
Soon after, the recovered E! Online account tweeted, "This account @eonline was compromised and some incorrect information was sent out. We're working with Twitter now to fix this."