On Wednesday, Infowars.com reported on an FBI bulletin warning that hackers planned to attack CNN after the Sony hack.
Corporate media accepted FBI claim of North Korean involvement despite a complete lack of evidence.
On Thursday, however, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security backed away from that assessment.
No sooner did news of the supposed threat to CNN surface than a man from Tennessee, identified as David Garrett Jr., take to Twitter and announce he had posted the “fake” threat against the corporate media and said he wasn’t serious, just “messing around.”
My fake pastbin post is being investigated by the FBI. I wrote for CNN to "give us the Wolf" and the FBI is actually taking it as a threat.
— David Garrett Jr. (@DavidGarrettJr) December 31, 2014
After Garrett’s claim, the FBI was asked why it would release a bulletin based on uncorroborated information.
"As part of our commitment to public safety, the FBI routinely shares information with the private sector and law enforcement community," a government spokesman said in a statement. "We take all threats seriously and will continue to disseminate relevant information observed during the course of our investigations, in order to help protect the public against any potential threats.”
The bulletin states there is no “specific credible information” to indicate any type of “physical threat” and notes “that hacking groups have historically made exaggerated threat statements,” but despite this urges law enforcement “to remain vigilant.”
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security continue to believe an unidentified hacker group, the Guardians of Peace, are responsible for the Sony attack.
The FBI contends North Korea is behind the attack despite the fact there is virtually no evidence Kim Jong Un or the government of North Korea had anything to do with the hack.
The agency claimed on December 19 it had undisclosed information pointing to North Korea.