NBC News Twitter Account Hacked

Group behind Fox News hack claims responsibility

The NBC News account on Twitter appears to have been hacked.

Late Friday, the NBC account posted several "breaking news" messages claiming that the site of the Sept. 11 attacks were being attacked again, as captured in a screenshot from CNET. The final message: "NBC News hacked by The Script Kiddies. Follow them at @s_kiddies!"

Minutes afterward, both the NBC News and Script Kiddies accounts displayed "account suspended" messages. (The NBC News account is now back up, minus the Script Kiddies tweets.) A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment, citing privacy reasons, while NBC released the following 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."

On July 4, the Fox News account was hacked and posted messages claiming that President Obama was dead. In that instance, it took 10 hours for the messages to be taken down, according to The New York Times. A group called the Script Kiddies claimed responsibility for that hack as well.

In an interview with online student magazine Think, a representative claiming to represent the Script Kiddies said the group is "close in relation" to hacker group Anonymous, which is famous for taking down online services run by Amazon, Visa, and others to protest their lack of support for the WikiLeaks organization.

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