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20 Sep 2011

FBI looking into NBC Twitter account hacking

The FBI is investigating an NBC News Twitter account hacking by perpetrators who posted false information about the hijacking of a passenger airplane that supposedly crashed into Ground Zero in New York, according to MSNBC. Internet security software could help people keep their social media accounts and other internet information safe.

The NBC News Twitter profile accompanying the attack indicated the hackers may have been members of a new group known as "The Script Kiddies," according to the news source. The main goal of the group is to target mainstream news organisations. PC Magazine said the tweet on the hacked account said "Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. more as the story develops."

PC Magazine's website said this isn't the first time the Script Kiddies have been accused of hacking a news organizations Twitter account. The group took responsibility for a Fox News hack in July that stated President Barack Obama had been assassinated in Iowa.

MSNBC said Ryan Osborn, the NBC director of social media, received a strange email with an attachment he accidentally opened, which a U.S. Government official said could have contained a keylogger Trojan virus. Antivirus software would help defend against attacks such as this.