Breaking news this morning reports that the government funded food stamp system has been hacked as hashtags such as #HungryAmerica, #FoodStampHack #DontFeedTheUSChildren spread across twitter.
So far, in 31 states, food stamp recipients card balances have been reset to zero. There have been reports of mass chaos as people are running out of grocery stores with shopping carts full of food that they have not yet paid for.
The 800 number for the program is flooded with callers, most of them receiving a busy signal and unable to get through. “That’s a problem. Many families who are unemployed are not going to be able to feed their children because of this,” said one shopper at a local Walmart. “It’s a shame that kids are going to have to go hungry because of it.”
No one has come forward yet to claim responsibility for this food stamp system outage. However, authorities are following leads from Twitter profiles making statements that fall in line with this attack. Some of the tweets read, “#HungryAmerica, #FoodStampHack #DontFeedTheUSChildren” just to name a few, and were removed from Twitter shortly after.
Grocery stores, such as Walmart, are in fear that people will “clear the shelves and engage in mass theft” if they believe they can do so without getting caught. Noting that people will “do anything they need to” in order to eat.
Authorities are also concerned that assaults and robberies will be on the rise if the system is not up soon. Reports state it could take a minimum of one week before they can restore the balances on recipients EBT cards.