What in the world is going on with social networking and our elected officials? Just over a month after disgraced Anthony Weiner's Twitter and Facebook accounts revealed reams of sordid content with random women, another congressman's Twitter account has reportedly been compromised.
This time the victim of the alleged Twitter-hacking was Freshman Rep. Bill Johnson's (R-Ohio). The breach reportedly occurred Wednesday night, when an mysterious hacker sent out two tweets and changed the congressman's profile picture to an explicit image.
The Hill reports:
"Late Wednesday night, we learned that Congressman Johnson’s official Twitter account had been compromised by an unauthorized user. We took immediate steps to delete two unauthorized tweets and an in appropriate [sic] photograph. We are currently working with U.S. Capitol Police, House Information Security and Twitter to resolve this matter," Johnson communications director Jessica Towhey said in a statement.
But it gets weirder. At first glance the rogue tweets appeared to be an incoherent "jumble" of letters, however one person who saw the tweets later identified them as the name and song titles from a girls' group out of Indonesia.
One of the tweets reportedly read: #np trio macan - talak tilu" and #np keong racun."
Johnson's office later released a statement saying:
"If anyone was offended by that picture we certainly apologize," an official in Johnson's office said. "We took the steps we believed were necessary with Congressman Johnson's official Twitter account."
Ironically, Johnson's office even resorted to tweeting about the incident Wednesday night! Johnson's team reportedly wrote: "Folks, this account has been hacked. We apologize for anything offensive from the account recently. Thank you as we work to figure this out."
But since they're essentially saying the hacking might still be underway, how do we know the apology-tweet was generated by a member of Johnson's staff and not another random hacker miles away?
It's almost enough to make one's head spin.
So are social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter a neccessary evils for our elected officials, or do you think they can cause more trouble than they're worth?