Someone hacked a Navy Warship Facebook Account to stream ‘Age of Empires’
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All is well now, it is resolved; the Navy has a back page on Facebook. But on Sunday night, someone made an account of the USS Kidd, a U.S. Navy destroyer, and used that access to, well, stream the strategy game in real-time Age of Empires. A Navy spokesman confirmed that someone had obtained “unauthorized access” to the Facebook page for the military-targeted news site. Work and Purpose on Wednesday. Streams are accompanied by short messages such as “hi guys” and “play game” and “ffffffffffff.” Much more reliable to be a family member of someone with the keys to the USS Kiddsocial media accounts.
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