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CNN demonstrates Russian hacking with Fallout 3 pic

What's the best way to demonstrate computer hacking to an everyday person? Just use a hacking screenshot from Fallout 3, of course!

Published Jan 2, 2017 4:24 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

Everyday people don't really understand how computer hacking works--even those that watch Mr. Robot probably aren't familiar with the process. So if you're a member of the mainstream media, how do you demonstrate this complicated virtual crime? Easy--just use some footage from Fallout 3.

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CNN recently posted up a report on Obama's response to the apparent Russian hacking fiasco that uses a still from Fallout 3's computer hacking mini-game. In fact, I was able to track down the actual screenshot, which was taken from a Kotaku article from 2012.

You can see the brief glimpse of a Vault-Tec terminal at about 1:02 in CNN's video report that matches the Fallout 3 screenshot used by Kotaku in their old terminal hacking article. Check a side-by-side below.

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This isn't a knock on CNN's professionalism or anything, just a humorous example of the kinds of things the MSM does in order to interact and relay messages to its audience. We've all seen those ridiculous Matrix-like Shutterstock images about cybersecurity and hacking, but they do their jobs quite well. I mean just about everyone who sees that image associates it with computer hacking, so it's definitely an effective process.


Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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