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No, The Daily Show Didn't Get Hacked

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Earlier tonight, the broadcast of The Daily Show was briefly interrupted by a blip of stock war footage, a spinning ballerina, and a web address with a Russian domain name.

The internet quickly assumed that the late night comedy show had been hacked.

Simply put this was a dumb publicity stunt designed to play on the fears surrounding the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election.

The domain name that briefly appeared in the Mr. Robot-ish moment was thepresidentshow.ru which just leads to this Twitter account.

There are three tweets in Russian that translate to:

If that’s not obvious enough, a quick look at who owns the domain name shows that it was registered on March 29th by Viacom, Comedy Central’s parent company.

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