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Tweets on W.Va. state-run account investigated

June 25, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A group responsible for setting up a state computer project is investigating tweets posted on its state-run Twitter account that contained jokes and links to pornography sites.

Allison Adler, spokeswoman for WVOASIS, told the Charleston Daily Mail that the group became aware of the tweets on Monday. One was posted Saturday evening, while another had been posted nearly two months ago.

"We are looking into what happened and when the posts were made," Adler said in an email the newspaper. "We will inquire with the Twitter Help Desk to try to figure out what occurred."

The tweets were deleted and the account's password was changed, she said.

"As of now, we have no confirmation that the account has been hacked," Adler said.

WVOASIS is responsible for setting up the state's multi-year Enterprise Resource Planning project, which is meant to incorporate all state computer systems under system. The project will allow agencies to use one system to manage accounts, personnel and assets.

The group's Twitter and Facebook accounts are run by a team charged with outreach and communication efforts, Adler said.

There are many ways that a Twitter account can be hacked, said Chris Vance, a digital forensics specialist at Marshall University's Forensic Science Center.

"In most cases, when a Twitter account is compromised, it's probably due to a weak password," he said.

He recommends using passwords that do not include biographical information aand changing them often.

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