Congressman Twitters secret trip to Iraq

Graham Cluley

Was a US delegation’s security threatened by careless use of Twitter?

All computer users need to be aware of the far-reaching consequences associated with the irresponsible use of social networking sites like Twitter, following news that a high ranking member of the US House Intelligence Committee tweeted details of a secret congressional visit to Iraq.

According to reports, Representative Peter Hoekstra tweeted his arrival in Baghdad via his BlackBerry with the following post: “Just landed in Baghdad. I believe it may be first time I’ve had bb service in Iraq. 11th trip here.”

Hoekstra had announced the trip in advance via his…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.