CNN must think its viewers are stupid. Why else would they try to pass off a screenshot from a video game as an example of Russian hacking?
Trying to explain computer hacking is not easy, but CNN may have hit a new level of stupidity with a recent story. It says a lot about their viewers when CNN uses video game screenshots to represent Russian hacking. BGR.com explains what happened.
In a recent story about President Obama proposing sanctions against Russia for its role in cyberattacks targeting the United States, CNN grabbed a screenshot of the hacking mini-game from the extremely popular RPG Fallout 4. First spotted by Reddit, the screenshot shows the menacing neon green letters that gamers will instantly recognize as being from the game.
In Fallout 4 — as well as Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas — the player can hack computers to gain information or unlock doors and safes. It’s performed like a word puzzle, where the player has to find a specific word in a huge mess of letters and random characters. It’s simple but fun, but it has absolutely nothing in common with actual hacking, which is what makes it perfect for mainstream news viewers.
Here’s the image as used by CNN:
At least CNN didn’t show a bunch of guys in big furry hats typing away at computers.
As you can see, the image they used is a screenshot from the game, that we included at the top of this article.
Talking down to its viewers is nothing new for CNN. It is insulting, however, that they think people in the digital age aren’t sophisticated enough to know the difference between a video game and actual hacking.
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