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NBC Twitter Hacked; False Reports Issued

MSNBC - The NBC News Twitter account, @NBCNews, was hacked late Friday, resulting in false reports about an airplane attack at Ground Zero, the Manhattan site of the original 9/11 attacks. The Twitter account was quickly taken offline.

NBC News immediately issued the following official statement:

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.

While the account is a news feed featuring original reporting and headlines from NBC News, it is one of several from NBC and msnbc.com. Msnbc.com is a joint venture of NBC Universal, parent of NBC News, and Microsoft.

A hacker group called "The Script Kiddies" claimed responsibility via a tweet on the hacked account. "The Script Kiddies" are known as an off-shoot of the hacker collective known as Anonymous. The group's Twitter account has also been taken offline.

This is not the first time "The Script Kiddies" hacked a news agency's social media feeds. In July, the @foxnewspolitics account was compromised, and used to spread a false report of an alleged assassination of President Obama. Then, as now, the tweets were quickly dismissed as the work of pranksters.

 

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