Information security is no laughing matter — unless you're one of many infosec accounts on Twitter trying to be funny.
I say "trying to" because some Twitter infosec comics are actually funny, and some are seriously not. They are loved and hated in equal measure. They're foul-mouthed, occasionally offensive, dry and snarky, and some accounts feel like inside jokes of inside jokes... because they're all of that. Some are even automated bots.
But one thing all the parody and humorous information security accounts share is that they just might help make the crushing weight of infosec's tendency to take itself way too seriously a little bit less... crushing.
Infosec Taylor Swift, aka "Swift On Security"@SwiftOnSecurity -- probably everyone's favorite infosec parody account, "she" blends Swift's girlish romanticism with biting security sarcasm.
Bio: "Every single tweet should be good. Founder and CEO of SwiftSec, an elite computer security company. Sumpreme InfoSec Thought Commander."
Your apologies are like updated Cryptolocker definitions. A little too late.
NSA Public Relations, @NSA_PR— Not strictly an infosec parody account, NSA PR straddles security humor and the ongoing security public relations quagmire the NSA has found itself in since we first heard the name "Edward Snowden."
Bio: "We care, we're here to listen. Obvious parody."
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The Other Grugq, @thegrugq_ebooks— An insider joke and an automated account that carries itself off well, this bot posts remixed "nonsense" clips from the account of a well-known hacker known for his expertise in operational security (among other erudite traits).
Bio: "OPSEC strategist attaché"
That’s officially it, @thegrugq_ebooks now gives better OPSEC advice than I do. I now retire. It was a good run, but software eats the world
Vice Hacker News, @ViceHN— This intentionally offensive, painfully funny, snarky and pointed account combines the idiocy of Silicon Valley/Hacker News and VICE Magazine headlines, yet somehow doesn't manage to fold the universe in half with all the annoyingness of both in one place at one time.
Bio: "The Definitive Guide to Budding Digital Engineers. Who Will Always Be Cooler Than You."
This YC start-up is just an oversized jpeg of a phallus - and today Yahoo offered to acquire it for $3.7 billion USD.
Hipster Hacker, @hipsterhacker— All the "before it was cool" Java jokes with a touch of Portlandia, plus zingers conveying the perspective of a hacker/developer who embodies all the ineffectual, arrogant traits of a techie-hipster.
Bio: "My code is poetry, meanwhile yours is oh-noetry."
Works fine for me locally. Sounds like an ops problem. I'm going to lunch.
F Is For Fail, @failymonster— This may not be the hard-hitting humor some people crave, but F Is For Fail manages to swoop in on publicly known security failures as they happen in the news and take "credit" for the fail. Some tease the account for being a roaming fail fairy, dooming everything it touches.
Bio: "I am a security consultant with a reputation that proceeds me! I love to help!"
I am not associated with the Brazil football team. That team has more holes in it than an enterprise SharePoint implementation.
There are other funny Twitter accounts that get a lot of retweeting from hackers, but aren't necessarily about security which should get an honorable mention because they're so damn funny. I'd be remiss not to include Nein Quarterly, Pinboard, CNN Your Mom, and Swearengen CD (warning: like the HBO Deadwood character, this Creative Director uses very explicit language).
Although always, of course, you can't please everyone, and we endure the infosec people who just hate fun.
I'm thinking about a bounty program for people that beat up people running parody infosec twitter accounts.