An investigation by the Mumbai cyber police, traced the origin to a Twitter account of a film producer who claimed to have sent the message as a prank intended for a few friends. The film producer had no significant fanbase, with only 2000 odd twitter followers. And although the tweet did state “PL RT” there was no “#sealink”, yet, it apparently spun out of control and snowballed into a major scare.
Simply put, there has to be a responsibility towards what one tweets and retweets as it is a public communication. Every user should take care to ensure that they take precautions to ensure that their twitter ids are not compromised. On a smaller scale, compromised twitter accounts can be misused to send malicious tweets to your friends publicly or post self derogatory messages.