12/12/2012 10:12 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2013

Five Epic Hacks That Never Happened

These days when there's trouble on the internet, there's usually someone at the ready to jump up and take (or assign) blame for whatever went wrong, nevermind the facts. It can mean free publicity for your cause -- whether it's killing laws like SOPA or beefing up the federal budget for cyber security.

Sometimes it doesn't take much more than a tweet and a Pastebin post to get a serious amount of free publicity. So in the spirit of yesterday's GoDaddy incident where a random Twitter handle claimed to have downed the hosting giant, here are five great hacks that never happened -- despite what you might have learned from the media.

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