No matter how hard you try, nowadays it is literally impossible to explain what computer hacking entails only because the scope of hacking has become so vast and far-reaching. This is why whenever we read or see in news reports about computer hacks, we only get to see images of keyboards or monitors showing a random string of coding or letters. This is why the general public has started believing that computer hacking involves the use of keyboard and intricate programming.
However, CNN went a step further and used footage from the year’s most popular game Fallout 4 believing that no one would recognize it. The footage was used by CNN in one of its recent stories on President Barack Obama’s proposition of sanctions against Russia due to the country’s alleged involvement in cyber-attacks on important US institutions over the past few months. In this particular news report, CNN posted an image of the hacking mini-game from the very famous RPG Fallout 4.
In the game Fallout 4 and all of its previous versions namely Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, the players need to hack computers for unlocking doors and safes in order to get information. The game is like a word puzzle in which players have to find a specific word from random characters and letters. The point to be noted here is that this game has otherwise nothing in common with the real computer hacking method let alone Russian hacker groups. The computers that are to be hacked in the game are not connected to the internet and there is simply no such way that Russia could hack using Fallout 4 game.
You can watch the fallout 4 screenshot in a footage aired on December 28th by CNN. The screenshot was firstly noticed by Reddit user Poofylicious and then the word spread out like wildfire. Poofylicious stated that “If you want to talk about hacking on a major news network, your choices are either that or a scene from The Matrix.”