CNN Uses Video Game to Show How Russians Hack Stuff


Screenshot of Fallout.
Screenshot of Fallout.

CNN and journalism in general are a sorry joke. We pronounce journalism dead. In an article titled, White House announces retaliation against Russia: Sanctions, ejecting diplomats, a video was inserted that used footage from Fallout’s hacking game as B-roll to illustrate reports of real-life hacks by the Russian government.

The similarity was first spotted by one Poofylicious on Reddit, who put together the following to explain:

Two close-ups of the CNN footage:

CNN used this footage to show how Russians hack the US.
CNN used this footage to show how Russians hack the US.

In Fallout, the player can hack computers to gain information or unlock doors and safes. It’s performed like a word puzzle, where the player has to find a specific word in a huge mess of letters and random characters. It’s an easy game to play and has nothing to do with actual hacking.

The footage occurs about a minute into the CNN video while the presenter discusses President-elect Trump’s reaction to Moscow’s alleged involvement in what the White House has called “Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.”

Because nothing shows the severity of cyberwar and digital espionage like the video game Fallout.

In the preceding soundbite, Trump is heard saying, “I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think the computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on.”

That’s so true, especially of CNN.

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