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American news channel NBC was prank-hacked last night with a Guy Fawkes image, and the traditional children's rhyme:

"Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot / I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot" repeated four times and followed by the phrases:

GREETZ TO ODAY, BRUT4L & S4VAGE
FUCK THE FEDS, 419 IS JUST A GAME~~
USER INFO – EXPOSED
PASSWORDS – DUMPED

"419 is just a game" is believed to be a reference to Nigerian spammer hacking. Screengrabs of the hacked site also show that the hacker claimed to be called "pyknic". Apparently the site played music and displayed an image of the stars while running the above text. Because of the use of the Guy Fawkes image, it has been linked to the hacker group Anonymous.

Today is Guy Fawkes day, though it's not celebrated in America. References to Guy Fawkes and the 1605 Gunpowder plot that aimed to restore a Catholic monarchy to England, tend to refer to the hacker collective Anonymous.

A Lady Gaga fan site - Gaga Daily - was hit by a similar attack claiming to be from "pyknic" as well.

We've emailed NBC and Gaga Daily to ask for comment and to confirm whether charges about leaked password information on NBC are accurate or not. ®

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