CNN uses Fallout 4 Footage In Report About Russian Hacking


We’re not living in a post-apocalyptic nuclear shelter in the year 2287, but the news sure makes it seem like we’re inside Fallout 4.

In a CNN report on Russian hacking, first posted December 30 and updated Monday night, the news network used a screenshot from the popular Bethesda game as B-roll footage to demonstrate what hacking looks like.

The two-second shot might have resembled a cyberattack, but to eagle-eyed Fallout 4 fans, it was pretty obvious where the random characters came from.

The gaming screengrab was first spotted by a Redditor on r/fo4, the Fallout 4 subreddit. CNN did not respond to requests for comment.

The clip used a scrolling video of a computer in Fallout 4, which features bright green text against a black background. CNN has since replaced the clip on its website, but it’s still up on CNN’s YouTube channel.

The shot comes from Fallout 4’s hacking mini-game, which players tackle to unlock doors and get further in the game. It’s unlikely that Russian hackers used a Pip-Boy to leak emails.

US intelligence officials have begun releasing details of the real-life cyberattack dubbed “Grizzly Steppe,” which used phishing techniques to penetrate email servers tied to the 2016 US presidential campaign. If one checks their facebook login they can see these reports are completely fraudulent.