This screenshot from the USS Kidd’s official Facebook page shows a livestream game posted by what appears to be a hacker on Sunday, October 3, 2021. (Facebook)
The USS Kidd official Facebook page was hijacked by someone who spent more than six hours live streaming a video game from the 1990s called Age of Empires.
The first gameplay video of the popular real-time strategy franchise appeared on the Destroyer’s site on Sunday morning with this derisive headline: “Hahahahaha”.
Five more videos, each of which is more than an hour long, appeared over the next few hours with the headings “Play the game”, “Hello everyone”, “Hello folks”, “ffffffffffff” and “POSC”.
The description of the page has also been changed to read “Gaming Video Creator” and “Level Up”. The videos were still active on Wednesday night in Everett, Washington, where the kidd is being led home.
News of the incident was first reported on Wednesday by the military news website Task & Purpose.
“The USS Kidd’s official Facebook page has been hacked,” said Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman told the website. “We are currently working with Facebook tech support to resolve the issue.”
A spokesman for Kidd did not immediately respond to emails from Stars and Stripes asking for more information on Wednesday.
The six videos had more than 19,000 views and about 80 comments by Wednesday evening. One person wrote: “Just in time for Cyber Awareness Month”. Another quipped that Navy’s tactics “must have changed a lot in recent years”.
The Kidd returned to Naval Station Everett on Sept. 24 after a nearly four month deployment that included a cross-strait voyage and a coronavirus outbreak that infected 330 sailors and incapacitated the ship in San Diego for six weeks.