The U.S Agency Responsible for Nukes Had It’s Twitter Account “Hacked” By a Child

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Tweet from https://twitter.com/US_Stratcom allegedly made by a small child – picture courtesy of The Daily Dot.

According to the Daily Dot, the Twitter account for the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) posted an unintelligible tweet that was posted by a small child. 

 

USSTRATCOM generated some confusion over the weekend with a gibberish tweet reading “;l;;gmlxzssaw.”It wasn’t long before the tweet was deleted. 

 

The agency later tweeted an apology and asked users to please “disregard” the gibberish tweet. Given the purpose of USSTRATCOM, some Twitter uses started joking that the agency had accidentally tweeted one of the nuclear launch codes. Some QAnon followers used the tweet as evidence of their conspiracy theory. 

 

As is often the case, the truth turned out to be relatively simple. The tweet was a total accident. The Daily Dot issued a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about the tweet and learned a young child sent it. 

 

The agency explained the tweet was made when the person behind the account left their computer unattended while logged into the account. 

 

“The Command’s Twitter manager, while in a telework status, momentarily left the Command’s Twitter account open and unattended,” the response reads. “His very young child took advantage of the situation and started playing with the keys and unfortunately, and unknowingly, posted the tweet.”

 

The agency stressed there was no hacking incident and clarified that “absolutely nothing nefarious occurred.” 

 

You can see the complete response to the request here

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