Hackers Trend On Social Media
The NFL has engaged law enforcement to investigate how its Twitter account was hacked on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, with a post purporting that Commissioner Roger Goodell had died. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Twitter hackers have recently targeted organizations such as the NFL and Facebook on social media accounts, using computers from secret locations across the United States. The University of Central Oklahoma’s Association of Computing and Machinery offers tips to combat hacking, such as making passwords more difficult and providing reminders for users to log off public computers.
There are some hidden dangers on the popular social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hackers, ready and able to hit at any time, can steal users’ information in just one click.
Anonymous groups have been busy lately in executing attack after attack. Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, was the victim of a hack earlier in June.
The hacker group known as OneMine was able to get into and take control over Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. OneMine said they did it to show how easy it was to access passwords to Facebook’s 117 million users. The Facebook CEO had to delete and reactivate his accounts to regain access.
Yes, this is the real Mark Zuckerberg. Thanks for following me!
— Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd) March 7, 2009
Another example of a widely-followed twitter account hacking was of the NFL’s official twitter, posting a tweet with claims that their commissioner died.
— FoxNewsInsider (@FoxNewsInsider) June 7, 2016
The original tweet was retweeted over 2,000 times within two minutes of going live, but it wasn’t true. The commissioner, of course, was not dead; he was out on a golf course. The tweet was quickly deleted.
The culprits were gutsy enough to tweet again.
BREAKING: Roger Goodell has announced the Patriots have been stripped of their 2017 first round pick over today’s NFL Twitter hack.
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) June 7, 2016
This prompted the NFL to provide its players and its players’ families with a comprehensive social media plan to tighten their social media accounts.
“Technology is improving and kids today are born with a phone in hand, so we are going to see more examples of hackers on social media,” Caleb Power, President of UCO’s Association of Computing and Machinery, said.
Power has provided some helpful tips to make sure you are never the victim of a hacker:
Hackers are all about hitting the weakest link, so first and foremost, make your password difficult.
Secondly, and the most easily neglected tip, log off when you leave a computer. It’s also important to note that users can actually wipe their browser’s history for further security. This allows all your personal information that the computer may have saved to be wiped clean. This is especially important when using a computer in a public setting such as a library.
“We are in the middle of a technological revolution, but don’t believe hacking will become any more intense or dangerous in the future,” Power said.