At times, after reading such books as “Spetsnaz. The Story Behind the Soviet SAS“, it makes you wonder if someone hasn’t taken an idea out of the playbook — just replace cassettes with modern technology.
A hacked Associated Press Twitter account disseminated a bogus breaking news tweet last Tuesday about two explosions at the White House that injured the U.S. president. The nature and content of the tweet not only instilled panic in thousands of the nearly 2 million followers of Associated Press’s @AP Twitter account, it also triggered definite alarm in the financial markets, causing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to tumble 143 points in just two minutes.
People have become heavily reliant on technology, even if that technology disseminates unconfirmed information. Continue reading