Indonesian Official’s Hacked Twitter Page Displays Fake Tsunami Warnings

Indonesian official Andi Arief’s account was hacked by a hacker and used to send fake tsunami warnings. Andi Arief is the Indonesian president’s, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s, disaster management adviser.

Andi Rief had over 8,000 followers on a Twitter account used to post disaster-related updates. This is because Indonesia has over 150 active volcanoes and is frequently struck by earthquakes, floods or tsunamis. With such popularity and followings because of the nature of the account, it also got a lot of attention for cyber crime.

Akuat Supriyanto, a member of Andi’s staff, confirmed the hack on Twitter. He told the press

Today, at dawn, the Twitter account of Andi Arief, the presidential adviser for social and disaster management was hacked. The hacker wrote many incorrect messages. Please inform other friends

This hacking forced Andi to open another account and took part responsibility for the hacking. He added

It is probably because of my own recklessness therefore starting now I am using @AndiAriefNews, please understand’. He also tweeted ‘Because of the trouble I had with my old Twitter account, I am using this account to update information. Thank you

It isn’t clear how Arief’s account was compromised. However, this has surely made people more aware social medias risk and vulnerability.

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