An official Fb web page of the USS Kidd, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, has fallen sufferer to hackers, or so it says, after the account was caught streaming a traditional technique recreation. The participant didn’t present a lot talent, nonetheless.
A Fb web page of the USS Kidd (DDG-100) which usually posts updates from the ship’s deployments in worldwide waters, reminiscent of its most up-to-date mission within the Indo-Pacific, handled followers to much more entertaining content material, albeit for only some days.
Any person broke into the USS Kidd's Fb web page and has been taking part in 'Age of Empires' 🤣 pic.twitter.com/lklXmIWlxk
— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) October 5, 2021
Till Thursday morning, the web page featured a sequence of movies of an unknown gamer livestreaming ‘Age of Empires’, a traditional technique recreation launched in 1997. The primary gaming video popped up on the account on Sunday, whereas the sixth and final stream was posted on Monday morning, Process & Function reported.
The USS Kidd’s official Fb web page has been hijacked by somebody who spent greater than six hours livestreaming a Nineteen Nineties-era online game known as Age of Empires. https://t.co/QnYbbSBCjC
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) October 7, 2021
The clips, all of which had been greater than an hour lengthy, had been first accompanied by innocuous captions reminiscent of “hello guys,” “hy everybody,” “play recreation,” and later by the extra cryptic “fffffffffffff” and “POSC.” Whereas investing hours within the effort, the streamer didn’t have a lot success, falling wanting advancing previous the Stone Age, in line with the outlet.
Regardless of the obvious lack of gaming acumen, the streamer modified the outline of the web page to ‘Gaming Video Creator’. Whereas the uploads stopped on Monday, the movies had been seen for the following 4 days – with out inflicting a lot fanfare – because the Navy claimed it was attempting to reclaim the “hacked” web page.
The Navy finally wrestled away management over the ship’s account on Thursday. Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman stated that the account “has been secured by Fb.”
“USS Kidd’s Fb web page had an unauthorized entry from an unknown entity,” Schwegman stated, when requested if the account was certainly breached by a rogue actor, however didn’t present any info as to how the perpetrator gained entry to the web page.
Safety points apart, the gaming incident seems to have completed extra good than hurt if social engagement is the aim, driving visitors to the web page, which added about 1,000 new subscribers within the span of some days.
Value noting that in that point the USS Kidd's FB web page has grown from roughly 19,000 to twenty,000 followers and the livestream video posts have garnered extra engagement than different latest posts on the web page.
Dunno about you all, however that 'hacker' may deserve a NAM.
— James Clark (@JamesWClark) October 7, 2021
The USS Kidd’s gaming expedition just isn’t the primary time US navy accounts have been compromised underneath equally suspicious circumstances. Final yr, Fort Bragg navy base in North Carolina posted a string of sexually express messages earlier than apologizing and claiming that the account had been hacked.
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