bill-swift - November 6, 2012
Remember remember, the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason--Should ever be forgot...
Thus goes the lines of one of the most well-known rhymes from a children's poem about Guy Fawkes. His failed plot has been adapted in various works, most notably in Alan Moore's V for Vendetta comic series. The V mask has also been used as the main symbol by hacktivist group Anonymous.
Recently, NBC got hacked, including the Saturday Night Live homepage. The hacked pages were plastered with lines from the Fawkes-inspired children's poem commemorating the day Fawkes was arrested. And also the fact that NBC got hacked on that day as well.
It definitely looks like V has once again struck, although the attack was carried out by a user called 'Pyknic'. No word if the hacker is connected to Anonymous, although it seems like too much of a coincidence to have the Fawkes reference plastered all over the pages.
Most of the hacked pages have now been restored. While Pyknic claims that usernames and passwords were exposed during the hack, NBC has yet to confirm if this is really the case.
Hackers these days.
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