That Monday, a hacker penetrated the Twitter account of Senator Chuck Grassley, sponsor of the anti-piracy law PIPA and one of the main proponents of the law SOUP.
The attacker published eight posts criticizing the law soup while the senator was on a plane to Washington. The intruder was introduced as a member of Anonymous, and no effort by Grassley impersonate or hide the fact that the messages were the result of a computer attack.
“Dear citizens of Iowa, vote against ACTA, SOPA and PIPA [piracy laws] because this name, Chuck Grassley, wants YOUR Internet censorship and do all those little things,” said one of the hacker messages.
The attacker took his victim to taunt: “Yes, it’s a surprise you are writing complete sentences with spaces and perfect grammar and spelling,” wrote the intruder.
Party members took a few minutes Grassley discovered the intrusion and contacted Twitter to block the compromised account of the senator. The social networking changed your password, the hacker driving and helping the senator to regain control of their own.
The intruder was fired: “Well, it was fun to have the mind of Chuck this week, but I’d better go. I have nothing better to do because it’s a snowy day here in Osage. “
Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at Research ZK, stressed the importance that politicians take seriously the security of their networks. “Not all hackers will become so obvious that it is the politician [who is writing the posts]. The social media have a strong impact on the distribution of information and could change the minds of people who get their news from Twitter or Facebook, “Kerravala said.