On Friday afternoon, only days before the ten year anniversary of 9/11, the NBC (channel 12 in Phoenix) News Twitter account was hacked for a total of 10 minutes. Over 120, 000 followers received three tweets describing a terrorist attack on ground zero. According to one of Robert MacMillan’s posts at PCWorld these were how the tweets read:
Breaking News! Ground zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has just crashed into the site. Suspected hijacking, more as the story develops.
Three minutes later:
Flight 4782 is not responding, suspected hijacking. One plane just hit ground zero site at 5:47
People reading these messages were most likely horrified at this point. Thankfully this hacking job only lasted for 10 minutes. Three minutes later this was the message that appeared.
This is not a joke, Ground Zero has just been attaked. We’re attempting to get reporters on the scene.
A minute later another Tweet was posted at the NBCNews twitter account that read:
NBCNews hacked by the Script Kiddies. Follow them @s_kiddies!
That Script Kiddies account is now suspended. They described themselves as ‘hackers, exploiting simplistic methods with hilarious results’. Um… anyone who thinks those types of tweets are funny worries a person. That type of sense of humor can be left home, put away in a tiny black box, buried in the back of an overstuffed closet; never to be opened again.
Unfortunately, hacking happens a lot on Twitter, usually directed at celebrities or low grade news stations (not nationwide stations like NBC/CBS/ABC). You can read more on the story here. But seriously, with a nation in turmoil over the anniversary date of that incredibly sad event in our history, what did those ten minutes really accomplish? Nearly 3000 people died 9/11/01 and countless other lives were impacted because of those 19 hijackers. There is very little difference between hijacking a plane or hijacking a major news feed; countless lives get impacted. In this case; lives may not have been lost, but class was.
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You can view the NBC News statement regarding this hacking here.