incrediBILL - 7:41 pm on Apr 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
It's frightening to see just how fragile our economy is these days - and how gullible people have become.
People haven't become gullible, having them all on the internet just exposed the sheer numbers of the gullible which was harder to assess previously.
The stock market fiasco was mostly caused by automatic trading systems looking for certain phrases in the news and if this was a test to see the impact bad news would have on our economy, then it wasn't a huge success IMO.
I this was someone just messing around or looking to embarrass us a little and give us a chance to fix the problem like the white hat hackers do with vulnerabilities by telling the software company about the problem before releasing it to the wild.
The people that plan to do serious harm don't show their cards and let us plug holes in the system. If they run a test it might be something like a blank tweet just to make sure it works, something nobody would even pay attention to look at, and they'd probably delete it as quickly as possible if they could do that to make sure it remained unnoticed.
When they drop the hammer it'll be more than just a tweet, and it'll probably come from multiple sources and look legit as this smelled wrong from the start. We turned on the TV and the major news channels have people camped at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and there was nothing on TV.