Hackers send fake terror alerts from NBC's Twitter

Sep 10, 2011

(AP) -- A hacker broke into the Twitter account of NBC News and sent out a handful of false tweets about a suspected hijacking and a plane attack at ground zero just days before the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Staffers noticed the false at around 6 p.m. Eastern time Friday, contacted Twitter and soon after had the account suspended.

Host Brian Williams then read a statement on air saying the reports were false.

A group calling themselves Script Kiddies mentioned themselves in the tweets and appeared to be responsible.

By about 7 p.m. Eastern, the account was restored and the false tweets removed. NBC is contacting authorities including the and FBI about the incident.

Explore further: EU case against Google shows need for new publishing models in the information age

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Secret Service to probe hack on Fox News Twitter

Jul 04, 2011

(AP) -- The Secret Service said Monday it will investigate the hacking of Fox's political Twitter account over updates claiming that President Barack Obama had been assassinated. ...

Beyonce pregnancy sets Twitter record

Aug 29, 2011

Twitter users fired off a record number of tweets per second following the announcement by pop diva Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards that she is expecting a baby.

Recommended for you

User comments : 0