Strange tweet from US nuclear command account at the weekend has been blamed on very young child accessing parent’s device
The perils of home working were demonstrated this past weekend when a cryptic tweet from the Twitter account of the US Strategic Command made headlines.
The offending tweet read “;l;;gmlxzssaw” and was posted on Sunday. It was visible for 30 minutes before it was taken down.
“Apologizes [sic] for any confusion. Please disregard this post,” the second post read, before it too was taken down.
However, the cryptic post from a US nuclear command agency had been noticed by freelance journalist Mikael Thalen.
Thalen sent a freedom of information (FOIA) request to USSTRATCOM asking about the cryptic tweet.
The good news was that the US Strategic Command account had not been hacked, but rather had been subjected to inside action from a very young child.
It seems the Twitter manager for this Twitter account had left either his laptop or smartphone open and unattended.
His young child got hold of his device and began pressing keys, and unknowingly posted the tweet.