Hack Attack

Hack attack

In a bold move by hackers earlier this year, the Twitter account for the Associated Press was compromised. The hackers used the breech in security to post a message about a fake attack on a government building and employees. Account security was quickly recovered after the event was discovered, but the attack underscores the determination by some to gain unauthorized access to social media accounts.

Besides the more prominent attacks, many individuals have reported break ins into their own personal social media and e-mail accounts. If there’s no perceived value in such an attack for monetary gain, why would someone engage in it?

The anonymity of the faceless “transaction” makes it an interesting challenge and even a game for electronic intruders. Hackers value the distance between themselves and the subject of the hack. They test and hone their skills by accessing the accounts of others, expanding their knowledge with each incursion. Hackers prove their worth to themselves when they’re successful, and they demonstrate that success to others through the messages they leave behind. While uninvited electronic intrusions are unlikely to cease in the near future, there is one method of communication hackers haven’t been able to breech.

The original social media is still available for anyone to use at a low cost. Hackers can’t break into a letter mailed to a friend or family member. They can’t alter messages in a greeting card or change the text in a magazine or newspaper delivered through the mail. Their powers in the digital world aren’t easily translated into the physical one.

When the validity of digital messages becomes suspect, postal customers can still rely on the one method of communication that remains hacker free.

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