NBC News Twitter Hacked, Used to Spread FAKE Rumor of NYC Attack
The Twitter feed of NBC News was hacked late Friday and used to spread fake alarm about a non-existent attack on Ground Zero two days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
NBC News has issued the following statement and apology: “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.”
The account has been temporarily suspended, but not before many of its 129,000 followers saw three heart-stopping tweets “reporting” an apparent attack at the former site of the World Trade Center. These three tweets were the work of hackers – if you see them, do NOT circulate, even if they “appear” to come from NBC News:
“Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. more as the story develops.”
“Flight 4782 is not responding, suspected hijacking. One plane just hit Ground Zero site at 5:47. #groundzeroattacked.”
“This is not a joke, Ground Zero has just been attacked. We’re attempting to get reporters on the scene. #groundzeroattacked.”
Again, DO NOT BELIEVE these tweets. There were NO plane hijackings and NO attack on Ground Zero on Friday. Considering the actual trauma and tragedy people went through 10 years ago, and the heightened alarm this weekend on 9/11’s anniversary, Gossip Cop can’t fathom how anyone could be sick enough to prey on people’s worst memories and most prominent fears.