Over the past few days, someone has had a lot of fun playing the classic 1997 strategy game “Age of Empires”. Normally that wouldn’t be news (the game is really fantastic), but in this case, someone was live streaming their game sessions to the official USS Kidd Facebook account, and the US Navy did. has still not regained control of his account.
“The official USS Kidd (DDG 100) Facebook page has been hacked,” said Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman, spokesperson for the Navy. “We are currently working with Facebook technical support to resolve the issue. “
As of Wednesday morning, the videos were still available on the official account of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
The first livestream appeared on the USS Kidd’s Facebook account on Sunday at 10:26 p.m. with the cheerful caption: “Hahahaha.”
This was quickly followed by another feed at 2:37 am Monday with the words “play the game” and then another two hours later which included the message “hi everyone”. And it continued: At 6:17 am, a stream was shared with the words “hello guys,” then “ffffffffffffff” an hour later, and finally “POSC” at 8:51 am on October 4, marking the last video.
Comments on the videos from the account’s 19,000 subscribers were sparse and largely boiled down to questions about the identity of the son or daughter entering the game, followed by claims that the account had been hacked. , then speculations on the Internet suggesting that if he was hacked, that the Navy likely would have reacted more quickly to resolve the issue, as that could indicate a security breach. (As for online speculation, it’s worth noting that people sometimes use the word “hacked” as a kind of shorthand for: We, uh, forgot to log out of our account.)
In any case, this isn’t the first time that an official military social media account has been derailed, although in defense of the rogue USS Kidd player their multi-day “Age of Empires” frenzy is much less controversial than some.
In October 2020, the official Fort Bragg North Carolina Twitter account sent out a series of sexually explicit tweets and, beyond just reporting, bolstered the page’s reputation as the most exciting military account on the internet. .
After the base’s public affairs office initially claimed that their account had been hacked and then temporarily deleted said account, it emerged that the whole ordeal was in fact just a mistake by a social media official who seemed to have forgotten to change professionals. account on their own before, you know, do it all this.
At the moment, the videos on the USS Kidd account are still live. And honestly, this seems like a good opportunity to jump in and give this player some advice as these videos are each around an hour long and this player hasn’t figured out how to get past the Stone Age.
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