Looks like not everyone enjoyed that “pyknic.” Early this morning, websites for three of NBC’s shows were hacked by someone using the alias “pyknic.” A rep for NBC confirms the event to Hollywood.com, explaining that they “were defaced for a brief amount of time,” and “are restoring sites now.”
As of now, the sites are back up and running. It was originally thought the hacking was only specific to three show portals—Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno—but it was later discovered that the disruption was spread across other parts of the main NBC site and directory pages.
Some suspect that whoever was behind the attack may be a member of the Anonymous hacker movement, given the reference to Guy Fawkes. Frequently, members of the Anonymous movement have been known to wear or use the smiling Guy Fawkes mask from the 2006 film, V for Vendetta, as a visual representation of their group. A scrolling line of text on one of the pages references Guy Fawkes Night, an evening on which, over 400 years ago, Fawkes was arrested with intent to blow up Great Britain’s upper Parliamentary chamber. Anonymous has reportedly been behind several big hacking cases—specifically the attacks on the websites for the MPAA, the RIAA, GM, the Pentagon, and the Church of Scientology.
“Remember The Fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot” a popular line regarding the Guy Fawkes events, scrolled across the hacked SNL page.
Though the sites are all back up and running, there may be cause for later concern, as the hacked website had the words “User Info – Exposed”, “Passwords – Dumped” written on the homepage, indicating that a further security breach may have occurred. Needless to say, if you had an account on NBC.com, now might be a good time to change your password—just in case!
[Photo Credit: NBC]
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