‘Hope it’s not a nuclear launch code’: US Strategic Command posts gibberish tweet

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‘; l ;; gmlxzssaw ‘: US Strategic Command posts gibberish tweet before swift deletion, sparking hacking fears and a deluge of derisive comments

  • Last night at around 8pm, the military arm responsible for protecting the United States from nuclear attacks tweeted: ‘; l ;; gmlxzssaw ‘
  • It sparked a lively debate as to whether the account might have been hacked, while others suggested it could be the secret nuclear launch codes.
  • Some shared memes suggesting either Russia or China was behind it

US Strategic Command posted a gibberish tweet – before it was quickly removed, it caused hacking fears and a deluge of derisive comments.

Last night at around 8pm, the headquarters responsible for protecting the United States from nuclear attacks tweeted: ‘; l ;; gmlxzssaw. ‘

It sparked speculation as to whether the account might have been hacked, with some claiming the Russians were behind it, while others joking that it must be the nuclear launch code.

Last night at around 8pm, the military arm responsible for protecting the US from nuclear attacks tweeted: ';  l ;;  gmlxzssaw '

Last night at around 8pm, the military arm responsible for protecting the US from nuclear attacks tweeted: ‘; l ;; gmlxzssaw ‘

An edited photo of an officer at a computer with the wire letters on the screen in front of him

An edited photo of an officer at a computer with the wire letters on the screen in front of him

An edited photo of an officer at a computer with the wire letters on the screen in front of him

Many suggested that the tweet may have been the work of the Russians or the Chinese

Many suggested that the tweet may have been the work of the Russians or the Chinese

Many suggested that the tweet may have been the work of the Russians or the Chinese

‘Time to say goodbye to everyone. I will miss my friends and family, ”commented one user.

Another said, “I hope it’s not a launch code.”

Many other users suggested that this was just a case of ‘butt dialing’, while several others said a cat was clearly responsible.

“I really hope it’s a code from a cat on a keyboard,” wrote one user.

Canadian Forces in the US even waded in and tweeted from their official account, ‘These things are happening. This can even happen to you one day. It’s okay, folks. ‘

US Strategic Command, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, later followed up on the tweet, writing, “ Apologies (sic) for any confusion. Please ignore this message. ‘

The typo on apologies was even used as further evidence that something was wrong.

US Strategic Command cannot apologize. Have they been hacked or are incompetents running our nuclear arsenal? ‘someone tweeted.

An hour later, both tweets were deleted without further explanation.

In addition to defending against attack, USSTRATCOM is able to launch nuclear offensives on enemies if deterrence fails.

Many suggested that there was a cat behind the babble tweet

Many suggested that there was a cat behind the babble tweet

Many suggested that there was a cat behind the babble tweet

Canadian Forces in the US even waded in and tweeted from their official account, 'These things are happening.  This can even happen to you one day.  It's okay, folks.  '

Canadian Forces in the US even waded in and tweeted from their official account, 'These things are happening.  This can even happen to you one day.  It's okay, folks.  '

Canadian Forces in the US even waded in and tweeted from their official account, ‘These things are happening. This can even happen to you one day. It’s okay, folks. ‘

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