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A cryptic message sent from the Twitter account of the US Strategic Command, then deleted, could have been many things. It read: ;l;;gmlxzssaw Was it a coded message sent in plain sight? Was it a password to the systems used to control and fire America’s nukes that was copy-pasted in the wrong place? It was posted on a …

  1. The Aussie Paradox
    Mushroom

    Trigger warning in 3..2...1

    If someone says this child "hacked" his account by picking up the unlocked device and typing random stuff will trigger me and I will go nuclear.

    See what I did there?

    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: Trigger warning in 3..2...1

      Makes me wonder what the official was thinking, leaving something like that logged in where a kid (or commie spy, if such a thing still exists) can get access to it.

      This is the epitome of why BYOD ("Break Your Own Defenses") is a really, really bad idea when it comes to corporate national security.

      1. Mage Silver badge
        Mushroom

        Re: Trigger warning in 3..2...1

        Twitter is now part of USA National Security?

        Do they launch ICBMs by coded tweet?

        1. jake Silver badge

          Re: Trigger warning in 3..2...1

          No. But you might be surprised by what somebody good at Social Engineering could do with his hands on an actual US Strategic Command account. It's not just a foot in the door, it's an entire leg.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Trigger warning in 3..2...1

          Twitter is the official mouthpiece for the USA Government since some president spent his whole term of office governing through Twitter...

          1. jake Silver badge

            Re: Trigger warning in 3..2...1

            Was. That particular idiot-in-chief was told to bugger off.

      2. HammerOn1024

        Re: Trigger warning in 3..2...1

        You all do realize that the Internet and the Strategic Defense Network are not wire together... right?

        So stand down all ye Chicken Little's.

        Other than a chewing out for proper account locking when stepping away, there's nothing to see here.

        1. jake Silver badge

          Re: Trigger warning in 3..2...1

          "You all do realize that the Internet and the Strategic Defense Network are not wire together... right?"

          Wrong. The wire is grey matter between the ears of the dude/ttes on either side of the tweet. Look up the meaning of Social Engineering.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Trigger warning in 3..2...1

      The nuclear codes are safe. That cat has half the code, the dog the other half.

  2. jake Silver badge

    So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

    What does that make "Despite the constant negative press covfefe"?

    The onset of senility would be my guess ...

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

      Sounds like the sort of thing Skynet would say

    2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

      gesundheit?

    3. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

      It was Tweety Pie typing out a rushed message

      ";l;;gmlxzssaw"

      What he intended to type was of course, "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!", but the aforementioned puddy tat was closing in.

      PS

      Mrs Slocombe has just informed me telephonically that her pussy has been self isolating and with the easing of lockdown restrictions is looking forward to getting around the neighbourhood again

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

        I thought the Idjit "Tweety" Pai quit before he got fired? What was he doing messing around with an account owned by the US Strategic Command at this point in the game?

      2. WhereAmI?

        Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

        Upvoted for the "Are You Being Served?" reference. A definately not-PC program in this day and age but bloody hilarious even now.

        1. Jamie Jones Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

          As an nieve but learning teenager, I chuckled at all those pussy references, and was sure that the posh Mollie Sugden would freak if she knew about the double entendre!

          1. jake Silver badge

            Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

            Aye. T'posh lass ... from Keighley.

            From what I understand, Mollie invented the Pussy character herself ...

      3. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

        Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

        PPS

        This lockdown appears to be frustrating pussies in neighbourhoods across the country - Samantha just called and asked to give her a hand helping her find pussy which had bolted out the flap after being cooped up for weeks - Apparently, Sven couldn't come

    4. stiine Silver badge

      Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

      sounds like samsung auto-correct to me.

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

        Can't be auto-correct. It makes too much sense.

    5. Ordinary Donkey

      Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

      It makes it being careless when you put your phone down mid-tweet.

      But somehow people still talk about it more than three years later.

  3. RM Myers Silver badge
    Flame

    Twitter manager for the US Strategic Command???

    Why the hell do you need a twitter manager for the US Strategic Command.

    We're doomed.

    1. You aint sin me, roit Silver badge
      Holmes

      It's a trap!

      Who would follow the Twitter feed? Spies, that's who.

      That tweet was obviously a password "typed into the wrong window" ;)

      Now they sit back and see who tries to use it...

      1. stiine Silver badge

        Re: It's a trap!

        can't be a password, it only has to character classs.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Twitter manager for the US Strategic Command???

      "The end of the world start in 15 minutes. Have a nice day"

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Twitter manager for the US Strategic Command???

      mind you, if there's a manager, there's an assistant. And and large pool of minions, analysts, press office, press officer's assistant's press officer, etc.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Twitter manager for the US Strategic Command???

        US Space Command Twitter force - the 401st Special Twittering Wing,

        Their logo is a giant pair of thumbs.

  4. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    SMARTR Mentoring of Monitoring is the Answer that Solves Dumb Strategic Command Problems

    :-) Ok ..... if the cryptic USSTRATCOM lesson to learn and accept is Kids can't be trusted does I Kid U Not offer them and their ilk clear cold comfort and deliver any red hot problems to enjoy and enjoin/entertain and employ?

    Whenever nothing is as it seems, what are we to make of simple explanations? Such is the legacy and result of systems of administration pumping and dumping 24/7/365 massive webs of half truths and certified lies. Everything is catastrophically vulnerable to easily being broken and overtaken and taken over and smashed to smithereens. And aint that the gospel truth. I Kid U Not. :-)

  5. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Go on, admit it. It was sent from the phone in your back pocket when you sat down.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Apologizes, apologises

    noun, plural, simples, no? :)

    alternatively: [expletive] apologises for any confusion :)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Apologizes, apologises

      Apologies, plural noun.

      Apologizes, third person present verb. Ex. The errant parent apologizes for leaving their computer unlocked.

  7. FlavioStanchina

    Maybe it's Trump's Twitter passw... oh, wait.

  8. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    Trollface

    "a password to the systems used to control and fire America’s nukes"

    Nonsense. Everybody knows that that password is 0000.

    1. John70
      Joke

      Re: "a password to the systems used to control and fire America’s nukes"

      Was changed to 1234

      1. Zarno Bronze badge

        Re: "a password to the systems used to control and fire America’s nukes"

        "That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage! "

    2. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge
      FAIL

      Re: "a password to the systems used to control and fire America’s nukes"

      It's "password".

      1. ThatOne Silver badge

        Re: "a password to the systems used to control and fire America’s nukes"

        It's "badaboom".

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: "a password to the systems used to control and fire America’s nukes"

          The password really was 000000

  9. IGotOut Silver badge

    Hmmm

    Greetings Professor Falken.

  10. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

    Kids - Amateurs

    Now if you really want to have a mess let your cats at the keyboard. They do not care if you are using it when they walk over it.

  11. G R Goslin

    Move along, nothing to see...

    I'd tend to agree with the official account. . It's all in lower case, and the keystrokes tend to occupy left and right sides of the keyboard. so, no shift keying, , and a plink, plonk distribution. Ever whatched a child beating on a toy drum?

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    call_init

    cryi i cry cry

    gamma lex zero sum still at wire

    site is down::

    server scks

    https://youtu.be/g-kl8La6-rU

    yello - heavy whispers

    (ultralow freq)

  13. Blackjack Silver badge

    The real lesson is "Adults can't be trusted to not leave their digital devices open for anyone to tamper with."

    Had the computer been password protected , even if by screensaver, nothing would have happened.

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