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Highly secure US installations get crank calls from 4Chan users

Grae Stafford Freelance Photographer

Direct dial numbers purporting to be for some of the most secure U.S. military installations have been posted online and have since been the subject of prank calls.

The numbers include the White House Situation Room, the direct line to the U.S. Department of State Operations Center Senior Watch Officer, the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon, the U.S. Strategic Command bunker, the Campisi Alert Facility, the Operations Room for the National Airborne Operations Center, the Raven Rock Mountain Complex, the active control room of the 91st Operations Group, the 740th Missile Squadron and the Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex. The numbers were originally posted on the Sept. 13 and reposted on the Oct. 13.

The users of image-sharing website 4Chan promptly took advantage of this and rang the numbers in a series of prank calls to demand “Battletoads.” Battletoads was a video game released in 1991 and has become a favorite meme on the web and 4Chan.

Some of the prank calls have since been posted online and you can listen to the recordings here, here and here.

The Daily Caller dialed the published phone numbers, but most had been disconnected. At the time of publication, only the numbers for the White House Situation Room and State Department  still worked.

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