In a video from December 30, 2016, CNN used footage from Fallout’s hacking mini-game to show how “Russians” hack the United States.


This fact has been first spotted by by Reddit user “Poofylicious”, who put together the explainer:




US President Barack Obama’s decision to implement additional sanctions against Russia over unproven allegations about Moscow’s hacking efforts during the US Presidential Election has been already widely criticized. However, this has not stopped CNN using footage of a Fallout 4 computer to contribute to Obama’s effort to complicate the expected warming-up between Moscow and Washington as soon as Donald Trump officially enters the office.


Meanwhile, users already noted that it will be pretty hard for the Russians to hack the United States using the computers in Fallout 4. Computers in the video game are not connected to the internet: in this alternative history, the United States never makes it that far into the future.