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CNN used a screenshot from the game 'Fallout 4' to illustrate Russian computer hacking


Coverage of Russia's hacking into U.S. computer systems is getting more intense. And eventually, news organizations have to rely on stock footage.

So naturally, CNN used a screenshot from a hacking mini-game in "Fallout 4" to illustrate real-life hacks. A member of the Fallout 4 subreddit first noticed the error on Monday.

The Fallout system doesn't look like a real computer. The mini-game mimics Fallout's aesthetic, which looks nothing like any computer made in decades.

Here's a good look at the comparison.

If you want to talk about hacking on a major news network, your choices are either that or a scene from 'The Matrix.'
u/dollolb on Reddit

One can hope U.S. computer systems are more secure than the ones in 'Fallout 4' -- which mostly amount to "solve this word search."

Keep in mind, Fallout is not exactly an obscure franchise. "Fallout 4" hit stores November 2015 and Bethesda Game Studios sold 12 million copies -- and made more than $750 million -- in its first day alone, Fortune reports.

As you might imagine, people noticed.

But people confused it with legitimate news of "digital fingerprints."

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