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How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Twitterbot 54

An anonymous reader writes Have you ever wondered what it is like to have your online identity hijacked and replaced with a Russian-speaking Bruce Willis impostor? Here's a lesson in online impersonation from Passcode, The Christian Science Monitor's soon-to-launch section on security and privacy in the digital age. From the article: "Weeks prior, I changed my handle from @SaraSorcherNJ to the simpler @SaraSorcher when I left my job at National Journal covering national security to join The Christian Science Monitor to help lead our new section on, somewhat ironically considering the situation, security and privacy. Apparently within days of that change, someone - or a bot - had taken over my former work identity. My real account, @SaraSorcher, still existed. In my picture, I was still smiling and wearing a gray suit. The @SaraSorcherNJ account — Fake Me — sported a smirking, balding Willis in a track suit and v-neck white tee. I tweet about news and wonky security policy issues. Fake Russian-speaking Me enjoys 'watching Hannibal, eating apples and pondering the nature of existence.'"
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How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Twitterbot

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  • by cyrano.mac ( 916276 ) on Monday December 08, 2014 @03:21AM (#48545643)

    This reporter is going to write about online security, but expects her old Twitter handle that she abandoned not to be available to others? How delightfully naive. She should fit well in a paper that's Christian and scientifically orientated...

    At the same time it is arrogant to blame the system for your own ignorance.

    • Christian Security: How would Jesus defend his network?

    • by Rei ( 128717 ) on Monday December 08, 2014 @06:08AM (#48545889) Homepage

      CSM is actually a good paper, and I say this as an atheist. The only regular "religious" aspect is a single daily column, "A Christian Science Perspective" - you'll find less religion in the CSM than in lots of other US papers. The overwhelming majority of their reporting has nothing to do with religion. They've won 7 Pulitzers and are famous for avoiding sensationalism.

      • CSM may be a fantastic newspaper, but christian Science is a steaming pile of rat turds, so even if I lived in the US I wouldn't buy it.

        If you started a paper called the Astrological and Chiropractic Monitor, I wouldn't read it either.

    • Speaking of ignorance, you seem to be making some assumptions about the CSM that are wholly incorrect.
  • > User abandons handle
    > Some other user adopts handle
    FOUR OH FOUR ERROR FUCK NOT FOUND.

    On the bright side, this will help ward off stray thoughts like "but what if I want news from it..." in the future. Even so, please keep your socnets within their own shit domains.
  • In post-soviet fake twitter tweet, balding Russian lampshade wears you!!

  • I moved away from my old home a few weeks ago and now that I go back I am surprised to find an old man living there. He acts kind of strange, picking apples in his front yard. I actually walked up to him and learned that he also speaks with a russian accent. But just so you guys know, I'm ok with that :)
  • I guess you can do something about it.

  • by Greyfox ( 87712 ) on Monday December 08, 2014 @10:29AM (#48546785) Homepage Journal
    The best argument by far that I've heard that could convince me to get a twitter account is that my online identity could be hijacked and replaced with a Russian Bruce Willis impersonator. Kind of makes me want to learn Russian, now...
    • The best argument by far that I've heard that could convince me to get a twitter account is that my online identity could be hijacked and replaced with a Russian Bruce Willis impersonator. Kind of makes me want to learn Russian, now...

      If you learned Russian (and shaved your head), you could become your own Russian Bruce Willis impersonator.

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