NBC News Twitter Account Hacked With False Reports of Ground Zero Attack


NBC News' Twitter account was hacked Friday with false reports that Ground Zero in New York had been the target of a terrorist attack. A hacker group called The Script Kiddies claimed responsibility for the messages, which said a hijacked plane had crashed at the site of the original Sept. 11 attacks.

The false tweets read: "Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. more as the story develops" and "This is not a joke, Ground Zero has just been attacked. We're attempting to get reporters on the scene."

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NBC News said in a statement Friday, "The NBC News twitter account was hacked late this afternoon and as a result, false reports of a plane attack on ground zero were sent to @NBCNews followers. 

"We are working with Twitter to correct the situation and sincerely apologize for the scare that could have been caused by such a reckless and irresponsible act."

Two of the Script Kiddies are former members of the hacking group Anonymous. The Script Kiddies made its public debut earlier this year by hacking into Fox News' Twitter account and proclaiming that President Obama had been assassinated.

A Script Kiddie member, who formerly worked with the hacking group Anonymous, told Stony Brook University's Think magazine at the time, "We are looking to find information about corporations to assist with antisec. Fox News was selected because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting."

The member also said groups like Script Kiddies and Anonymous are needed "to stand up for everyone else and attempt to keep the government in balance with it’s people. Without groups like Anonymous, what is there to prevent corruption?”

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