NBC Websites Hacked, User Info May Have Been Compromised

A handful of NBC websites have been reportedly attacked by hackers, according to The Verge. It’s currently unknown if any personal information was compromised in the process.

Deadline reports that the Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, and Jay Leno portals were the first to be affected by the hackers. However, problems have started to pop up on other areas of the NBC website including its main page and the directory of television shows.

Various reports have indicated that NBC’s mobile landing and the NBC Sports Rotoworld forums have been affected, as well.

Individuals who visited the websites infiltrated by the hackers were treated to a page packed with extremely loud music and references to Guy Fawkes Night. Beneath the phrase “Remember, remember, the Fifth of November” the culprits revealed that user information had been revealed and passwords had been dumped. However, this claim has yet to be confirmed by NBC.

This isn’t the first time NBC has been targeted by hackers. In September of 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began searching for the individuals responsible for posting fake news to the official NBC News Twitter account. According to MSNBC, the false report claimed a hijacked airliner had crashed into Ground Zero in New York City.


“Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked. Flight 5736 has crashed into the site, suspected hijacking. more as the story develops,” the first post read.

“Flight 4782 is not responding, suspected hijacking. One plane just hit Ground Zero site at 5:47,” explained the second.

“This is not a joke. Ground Zero has just been attacked. We’re attempting to get reporters on the scene,” the final post reported. Shortly thereafter, the hacker collective known as The Script Kiddies revealed that they had hacked the account.

Several outlets have reached out to network for comment. As of this writing, NBC has yet to address the websites that were hacked.