by Phil Stilton
According to a CNN report on the Russian hacking of the DNC in 2016, it appears a mid-twentieth century Robco terminal was used for the intrusion. In a video report for CNN’s story ‘White House announces retaliation against Russia: Sanctions, ejecting diplomats‘, the network shows a hacker on a laptop hacking into a Robco Industries Termlink, most likely from somewhere within the commonwealth.
Just go to about the one minute mark in the video the see it first hand.
Apparently, after locating the DNC’s terminal on their Pip Boy, the Russian hackers utilized their master lock picking skills to gain access to the DNC’s hardware and retrieve John Podesta’s email before being spotted by a nearby raiders before quickly sending Preston with the stolen data over to Wikileaks.
There’s just one problem. Since CNN is just as in the dark as the rest of America on how the DNC servers were hacked and by who…and if they actually were hacked, they used in-game screen video from the popular role playing game Fallout 4 to sensationalize the hacking attempt.
Thanks to the ever so vigilant Reddit user I_Can_Explain, who brought it to the world’s attention, the CNN gaffe was exposed and rightfully mocked in a public forum.
“If you want to talk about hacking on a major news network, your choices are either that or a scene from The Matrix,” wrote dlollolb. But that was a few seconds earlier in the video.
“Sorry pulling images of a video game and airing them as part of your hacking story is the definition of journalism fail,” responded Will_Nicely_Disagree. “It’s sensationalist (ooh look how those dastardly hackers operated) and completely unnecessary to report the actual story. An image of a stock computer could just as easily have accompanied this story, but that was obviously not flashy enough for CNN.”
The CNN hackergate terminal mystery was quickly solved.
“Doing a Google Image Search for ‘hack computer’ gets more than one Fallout screenshot,” wrote corey_m_snow. “Some intern probably just picked something that looked technical enough and ran with it.”
So it appears some video jockey intern at a major liberal news network Googled “hacking” and after scrolling through a few Matrix pictures, decided it was a good idea to use the first two things he or she found to sensationalize the story.
Bethesda Softworks, published of Fallout 4, further mocked CNN by using a screenshot of their in-game terminal, saying, “Sneak Peek at Season 3 of
Mr. Robot is a show about a cybersecurity expert by day who becomes a vigilante hacker by night.