FBI Thought Joke Was a Threat Against CNN
Ashley Allen / 5 years ago
During the aftermath of the Sony Pictures hack, while perpetrators Guardians of Peace (GOP) were threatening terror attacks against anyone screening or viewing comedy movie The Interview, the FBI released a statement saying that threats had also been made against a US media outlet. The threat in question was part of a Pastebin post, claiming to be from GOP, demanding, “You have 24 hours to give us the Wolf”, referring to CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer. It has now been revealed that the post was a hoax by web security expert David Garrett, Jr..
Garrett Jr. admitted to the post, and that it was just a hoax, the moment it was revealed that the FBI were investigating it, but still had to speak to FBI officials on New Year’s Day.
Garrett Jr. told Fusion in an interview that “[The FBI] said basically that, in the future, it’s a good idea not to pretend to be someone they’re investigating.”