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Twitter hackers spread Ground Zero attack scare before account suspension

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London Guardian
Saturday, September 10, 2011

‘Hacktivist’ group had hacked into NBC’s account and tweeted false news about plane crash at New York’s Ground Zero.

Twitter acted swiftly to suspend the account of a so-called ‘hacktivist’ group which was suspected of gaining control of the official NBC News twitter account and posting messages claiming that another attack was underway at New York’s Ground Zero.

Coming two days before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the prank by a group calling themselves the ‘script kiddies’ was greeted with widespread opprobrium from other twitter users.

“Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. More as the story develops,” the hackers wrote in one of the fake tweets sent out from the NBC account.

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This article was posted: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

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