US Navy claims it was ‘hacked’ after someone streams Age of Empires on USS Kidd’s Facebook page

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There was a spot of trouble aboard the USS Kid earlier this week when someone started livestreaming Age of Empires on the US Navy Destroyer’s Facebook page. A Navy representative told the military news site task and purpose that the page had been “hacked”, but it was eventually discovered that was not in fact the case.

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“The official Facebook page of USS Kidd (DDG 100) was hacked,” Navy spokesman CMDR said. Nicole Schwegman told the site. “We are currently working with Facebook Technical Support to resolve this issue.”

The first stream debuted during the evening of October 3, triumphantly captioned, “Hahahaha.” Another in the early hours of October 4, under the more unmistakable title, “Play the Game.” Others followed with comparatively mundane captions such as “Hi everyone,” “Hi guys,” and the most relatable, “ffffffffffff.”

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The Navy eventually regained control of the account and removed all rogue videos and kiddos. facebook page Now there’s the supposedly dull collection of ship and crew photos, videos, and deployment updates you’d expect. Fortunately, images of the great naval defense breakdown were captured for posterity:

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Age of Empires Streaming Stills from the USS Kiddo

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Age of Empires Streaming Stills from the USS Kiddo

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Age of Empires Streaming Stills from the USS Kiddo

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Age of Empires Streaming Stills from the USS Kiddo

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Age of Empires Streaming Stills from the USS Kiddo

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The incident was silly and ridiculous, but it also raised legitimate concerns about the wider implications of the apparent security breach, which was particularly pointed out in the wake of the massive Twitch hack that occurred earlier this week. How can a streamer handle an official Navy Facebook page? Was the security of the Navy in general at risk? Why did it take so long to pull the plug?

Those questions were answered days after the first security breach was reported. Task & Purpose noted in their original report that “hacked” is often used in cases where someone forgets to log out of a company account before going home for the night, and — surprise! – Basically what happened here. The Navy issued an update yesterday saying that the whole thing was really just a social media manager forgetting to switch from Kidd’s account to his personal account before turning on his AoE.

but maybe someone just said Magic Words.

USS Kidd/Age of Empires

(Image credit: US Navy/Microsoft)

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