Facebook’s Rough Week Continues As Video Game Streamers Hack an Official US Navy Facebook Page

by Matthew Memrick

The USS Kidd, a Naval destroyer-class warship, lost its Facebook page access to a video game streamer last week.

On the evening of Oct. 3, videos started appearing on the USS Kidd’s social media site. The first video stream reportedly went for four hours.

Ship officials contacted Facebook about the hacking, but the “Age of Empires” gaming videos are still up on Thursday evening.

What’s the old expression? Maybe you can Kidder a Kidd. Wait, or is it you can Kidd a kidder? Meh. I’m old, but wouldn’t it be more appropriate to post some kind of online Battleship game.

Games, Games, Games

Online publication “Task & Purpose” picked up on the story. 

There have been five other hour-long posted videos with the game as well. VICE also reported the inept gamer’s status, saying they can’t make it past the Stone Age.

Navy officials did not respond to Motherboard, another online publication, over a request for comment. Navy Spokesperson Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman told Task & Purpose about the hacking.

“The official Facebook page for USS Kidd (DDG 100) was hacked,” she said. “We are currently working with Facebook technical support to resolve the issue.”

The ship’s account has 19,000 fans with photo galleries of soldiers.

The ship has a history as well. It was involved in a 2021 rescue of an Iranian fishing vessel from Somali pirates. In 2014, the ship took part in the failed attempt to discover the remains of a disappeared Malaysian airliner. Australian authorities said the search effort cost a total of US $155 million.

Facebook Fails Again?

The hack comes days after Monday’s shutdown of Facebook, Instagram, and What’s App. That caused some worldwide havoc, didn’t it?

Folks commented on the ship’s page while some befuddled family members squinted to see if the page was the right one or not. 

“When my son comes home tomorrow, he’s not going to [be] able to live this down if it’s one of his [fire controlmen],” the first comment on the first video said.

We’ve Been Hacked!

American military losing control of their social media? It may not be a massive security threat, but it has happened before.

Fort Bragg’s Twitter page came under fire last year after a series of explicit posts. The account had a saucy Tweet response for an OnlyFans pornographic website model. 

What happened? Army officials first called it a hack before an investigation revealed the Tweet came from a civilian who managed the account messed up and did not log out. 

Also, who can forget U.S. senator Ted Cruz’s Twitter fiasco. The Texas married father of two children’s Twitter account “liked” an explicit Twitter post. Twitter users caught wind of the post and took screen captures of the like. 

What really happened, however, Cruz said a staff member had liked the post