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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!
By Derek Strickland from Jan 2, 2017 @ 16:24 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.




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.




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.


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