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Singapore Government Warns Public of ‘Tweet Storm’
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Singapore
Created: Jan 28, 2014

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) alerted the public of a ‘tweet storm’ targeted at two government Twitter accounts.


Last Thursday, a member who claimed to be part of the Anonymous group posted on Pastebin - an open web site where users can store and share text - garnering support for a tweet storm against the Twitter accounts of Singapore Government’s @govsingapore (pictured) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs @MFAsg.


A tweet storm is a coordinated effort by users to send out the same tweet at the same time, causing a spike of activity around that certain topic.


The person demanded the release of five men who were arrested for vandalism in support of Anonymous.


The post also asked supporters to email their petitions directly to Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K. Shanmugam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.


IDA advised the public not to be alarmed by unusual activity on the twitter pages and assured that government infrastructure will not be affected by the twitter storm.

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