Navy vessel’s Facebook page hacked to stream ‘Age Of Empires’

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someone hacked Facebook page of US Navy Ship USS KIDD (DDG-100) and used it to stream over ten hours of the original age of Empires.

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The strategy game, which is nearly 14 years old, featured over ten hours of gameplay streamed on Battleship’s Facebook page over six different videos, all of which are still available to watch. The person captioned the stream with phrases like “hahahaha”, “hi everyone” and “hi guys” before streaming the real-time strategy game from Ensemble Studios throughout the day.

The ship appears to have still failed to regain control of its Facebook page, although Gamers has stopped streaming the genre classic. Commander Nicole Schwegman announced that “the official Facebook page for the USS Kidd (DDG 100) was hacked. We are currently working with Facebook technical support to resolve this issue.”


Age of Empires III: African Royals. credit: Ensemble Studios

Commenters took to the page to watch the stream as information about the hack spread. While we can’t hear the player’s voice during gameplay, there are now hundreds of comments on the various videos, many of them discussing the game and gameplay and also advising the player to move forward in the game.

The streamer also changed the purpose of the page, which was designed to provide information to families about the condition of the vessel, to “gaming video producers”. People on the Facebook page were also left speculating whether it was a legitimate hack, or simply someone who viewed the page while logged in on someone’s device.

Together Age of Empires IV Releasing later this month (October 28), the series will be happy to promote the long-running series.

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