NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Brazen hackers were able to briefly take over NBC News’ Twitter feed on Friday, sending out false reports of a plane attack on the World Trade Center site.
A group calling itself “The Script Kiddies” apparently hacked the account and posted the following messages:
“Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. more as the story develops.”
“Flight 4782 is not responding, suspected hijacking. One plane just hit Ground Zero site at 5:47 . #groundzeroattacked”
“This is not a joke. Ground Zero has just been attacked. We’re attempting to get reporters to the scene. #groundzeroattacked”
The group eventually admitted that it had infiltrated the account. NBC has since been able to remove the fabricated tweets from its account.
In a statement, the network called the hacking “reckless and irresponsible.” NBC is also contacting the NYPD and the FBI regarding the incident.
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