Hackers Send Fake Terror Report on NBC Twitter Feed

FBI investigating prank by Script Kiddies
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2011 6:02 AM CDT
A file photo of NBC's Brian Williams, who announced the hack on the evening news yesterday said the network is working with Twitter.   (AP Photo/Meet The Press, Alex Wong)

(Newser) – The Script Kiddies have struck again: Hackers with the group got into the NBC News Twitter account and sent a series of fake tweets about a terror attack in New York City, reports the Naked Security blog. The FBI is investigating. The first tweet went up yesterday evening: "Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. more as the story develops."

After a few follow-up tweets came another, "NBCNEWS hacked by The Script Kiddies." The group hit Fox News in July in similar fashion, sending out tweets about President Obama getting assassinated. "This is a group that has been around for a few months," Barrett Brown, who has been a spokesman for Anonymous, tells MSNBC. "A lot of them don't like the mainstream media. But they could also just be doing this to get attention and increase their street cred."

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |