CNN uses Fallout 4 computer terminal in Russian hacking report

Fallout Terminal

CNN is not only known for what some might call news but for their many, many stuff ups on air.

Whether foiled by an intern or just simply incompetent, I am not sure we’ll ever know the cause but at least it’s entertaining. In a farewell to 2016, CNN chose to use a Fallout 4 computer terminal in their video report on Obama’s latest sanctions against Russia.

The footage was originally linked to Fallout 4 by a Reddit user who posted the following screenshot in explanation of their theory.

Reddit theory explanation CNN

Initially, the video aired on December 30, 2016, where CNN used footage from a Fallout 4 hacking mini-game to report the news. The footage can be seen part way through the video right before this funny timed quote from Donald Trump

I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think the computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on.”

That’s what they want you to think! In reality, hacking is a legit job these days and hacking is not always blatantly seen as bad. Moreover, as we’ve reported before some hackers are paid up to $30,000 to find exploits in software.

Computers might still confuse some people but we have come a long way in technology and knowledge sharing. Just about anything can be googled and learned online now and that includes building computers and programs. However, it’s reasonable that not everyone will have time to learn about computers and certainly not hacking.

What do Bethesda and Fallout 4 think about CNN’s mess up?

Bethesda VP of PR and Marketing, Pete Hines responded to the issue with the following tweet.

In addition, just when I was about to tell you my theory about the Russian hack being done by F Society, Bethesda posted this to their Twitter:

While some call for lawsuits and others, as usual, tell people to chill the hell out, we are having a good laugh. What do you think about CNN’s usage of Fallout 4 imagery?


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