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Hacker's Fake Jakarta Tsunami Warning Incites Panic

A hacker has caused mass panic in Indonesia by posting a fake Tsunami warning from the hacked Twitter account of an Indonesian government disaster management official.

Andi Arief, who is the disaster management advisor to Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, had his Twitter account hijacked by a hacker.

The hacker used Arief's account to post the message, 'Jakarta tsunami tomorrow', causing mass panic in the country.

After his Twitter account was hacked, Arief created a separate account to spread the truth on the matter.

Posting a Tweet from his new account, Arief said: “You, the one hacking Andi Arief's account, please return it! You are not conducting elegant politics! Coward!”

It is still not clear how hackers managed to access his account.

Sophos' Graham Cluley said: “Remember, you should always choose a non-dictionary word that's hard to guess as your Twitter password, and never use the same password on multiple websites.”