05
Jul
11

YOU TALKING TO ME?

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Where I live now fireworks are both legal and plentiful. After eleven years in Southern California where fireworks are banned it was kind of jarring to see my neighborhood turned into a warzone of rockets, roman candles and cherry bombs yesterday. I had flashbacks to the Great Fireworks War of ’85 that took place in my neighborhood when I was a kid. Those wounds run pretty deep.

President Obama and his family were having a nice weekend until it was posted on the Fox News Twitter feed that he had been assassinated in Iowa. It later turned out that hackers were to blame but not before several million of the most easily impressionable people on Earth thought their dreams had come true.

“The first twit was a cryptic message about having “regained full access to our Twitter and email” as well as a Happy Fourth of July message. Subsequent messages were more in tune with April 1st, however, as they described the fictional fate of the President with a number of oddly specific details — such as the fact that he was “shot twice in the lower pelvic area and in the neck”, and that it occurred at a place that the President had actually visited two days ago: Ross’ Restaurant, the setting for the Photo of the Day on the “Obama Foodorama” blog.

“Those reports were incorrect, of course,” the official statement from Fox News read, “and the president was spending the July 4 holiday with his family at the White House…FoxNews.com alerted the U.S. Secret Service, which will investigate the hacking and do ‘appropriate follow up,’ spokesman George Ogilvie said…FoxNews.com regrets any distress the false tweets may have created.”

A team of hackers calling themselves the “Script Kiddies” had posted a message on their own Twitter account, claiming to have access to the Fox account before the fraudulent messages began to appear, according to a SUNY Stony Brook college student who claimed to be in contact with the group. The “Script Kiddies” said they chose Fox News “because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting.” – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

Just on a side note, I think “Script Kiddies” is about the lamest cyber terrorist moniker I’ve ever seen. It makes me think of MUPPET BABIES or something. And an actual kid would have thought of something way cooler than that.

As funny as this might be (and yeah it is kind of funny) it’s still a pretty sick thing to do. It could easily be interpreted as a threat. And if someone did this to me I’d probably be pretty pissed off which is why it’s best that I don’t have access to a military. And I’m sure this is only one case of the President being threatened. There’s probably tons of stuff we don’t hear about which is why Obama has been the most heavily protected President in history. Although I’m sure protecting George Bush (the other one) was a pretty mean task as well. Every time that guy opened his mouth his Secret Service detail probably had to go on high alert.

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