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    Jan 23, 2014

    The tweet storm that wasn't

    IF A self-proclaimed member of the international hacktivist group Anonymous had his way, a tweet storm would have ensued over the last couple of days. But the plan flopped.

    The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) yesterday said that this individual posted a note on text-file-sharing website Pastebin on Jan 16, demanding the release of five men arrested for Anonymous-related vandalism in Singapore.

    The note then urged the public to "tweet storm" two government Twitter accounts, @govsingapore and @MFAsg, using a designated hashtag. The note also urged the public to e-mail Law Minister K. Shanmugam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    But so far, no unusual activity on government social-media channels has been noticed, although the note urged the public to create the tweet storm "in the lead-up" to the men's court date yesterday.

    The IDA advised the public not to be alarmed by any unusual activity on government social-media channels, if any. And, even if the call to action was successful, an IDA spokesman said: "The tweet storm will not affect government network infrastructure."

    The IDA has filed a report with the Ministry of Home Affairs, which is investigating the matter.