Saturday, September 10, 2011
In Case You Missed It NBC's Twitter Account Was Hacked Last Night
The tweets came in a span of about 15 minutes on Friday:
"Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. more as the story develops," read the first message that appeared on the NBC News Twitter feed at 5:48 p.m. EDT.
A follow-up message four minutes later read: "Flight 4782 is not responding, suspected hijacking. One plane just hit Ground Zero site at 5:47."
Then, three minutes later: "This is not a joke. Ground Zero has just been attacked. We're attempting to get reporters on the scene."
A moment later another message appeared: "NBCNEWS hacked by The Script Kiddies."
Ryan Osborn, the NBC director of social media, said he was monitoring the account at the time and noticed the bogus messages within seconds. He immediately contacted Twitter, which shut the account down eight minutes after the tweets appeared.