Texas Black Cube UFO from portal is a hoax

The Houston Chronicle and the MySA (San Antonio Express) are running the same story about a black cube UFO supposedly seen over El Paso at the end of June. Normally, we wouldn’t bother with giving additional attention to such a ridiculous piece, but when it hits the main news outlets, it’s time for a rebuttal.

According to Secureteam10, an online entity that posts YouTube videos of purported UFOs and similar phenomena, the cube was seen about mid-day June 29 in El Paso by two people.

A man who was leaving his office about 1 p.m. for lunch said it began to get very windy and he noticed that the center of some swirling clouds became “jet black,”  Secureteam10 stated in a video made from photos the man took.

Just as the man snapped the photo, a massive, cube-shaped UFO appeared, “jetting out of this worm-hole type manifestation,” the video narrator said.

Photo from the video of photos on YouTube. Yeah, it's not really a video. Wonder why...

Photo from the video of photos on YouTube. Yeah, it’s not really a video. Wonder why…

The source of the story is SecureTeam10, is a YouTube channel. That’s it. It’s this one guy apparently, “Tyler Glockner”, who says his team analyzes all this data and gets these photos of anomalies submitted to them. Their productions appear on the usual less than skeptical sites like Disclose.Tv and Mysterious Universe who stick with the typical “you decide” what it is gambit. But your best bet may be deciding that it’s a deliberate hoax not worth paying attention to.

A Speeddebunking video states that the resolution of the videos posted by SecureTeam10 is different than the “UFO” which is a clear indication that the object is inserted into the video. A report by dazzathecameraman notes that Glockner admits he faked the voice of an “astronomer” in one video.

The skeptical consensus is that SecureTeam10 is a serial hoaxer and is making up the “witnesses” and stories to go with them. Support for this is clear since no named credible sources have been listed in the news story that originated by SecureTeam10. Why did the major news teams or meteorologists see this “wormhole” and object? Glockner followed the original video (that got over 500,000 hits, with another that is over 200,000 hits as it’s being shared.)

The links, if you REALLY want to see them are:


“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPquewvNAE4” and “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-PaHI10hXE”. Copy and paste.

Like the site “Cryptozoology News”, it’s obviously a case of fictionalized news. There is no corroborating evidence for the wild tales and the witnesses likely don’t even exist. These sites get significant hits because people WANT to believe outrageous, sensational stories and so pass them along. Thanks to mystery mongering sites, gullible media and weird news aggregators, like Fark and Reddit, these items get over half a million clicks and nonsense is propagated if only a small percentage of people think it’s real. And, trust us (or don’t), many people really DO believe this stuff.

Oh, wait, my psychic space sense is tingling, they are going to call us all disinformation agents…


Anyone with additional info on SecureTeam10 or this case in particular is welcome to comment. But please check the comment policy; it has to be a worthwhile contribution.

  7 comments for “Texas Black Cube UFO from portal is a hoax

  1. Barry
    July 9, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    So this is what it’s come to? Otherwise respectable news outlets are dumpster-diving in YouTube for stories now?

  2. DJNrrd
    July 10, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Journalism is a whole lot easier and cheaper if you don’t have to leave your desk. It’s worked for the Daily Mail over the past few years

  3. July 10, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    I knew this was fake when it only appeared on very shady sites! Mainstream news is hardly investigative anymore, thank you for the rational view over the emotional fantasy viewpoint with the stories. I am not angry that someone produced a fake story to support their beliefs, that happens all the time. Most people that engage in their beliefs this way are not malicious, but I feel that it takes away from stories of real wonder that are ignored. I saw this cube story more on facebook (which seems to be a breeding ground for conspiracy) than I saw the amazing story about the dog who ran for the first time ever when they printed 3D legs for the ones he was missing. Which story is more beneficial for our society?

  4. Scott
    July 10, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Even if you decide to take the evidence for face value and for the sake of investigation we allow for that black cube photo be accurate and not manipulated, there is little evidence that would indicate what we are looking at. Is it an object in the sky that was seen or is it some kind of weather anomaly? Could it be a shadow cast by another object such as a helicopter or commercial airliner? All we really have is eye witness testimony from a known source of hoax, and a picture of the sky with a black square in it. The leap that if we don’t know exactly what it is, then it must be a craft filled with green aliens. The logic of that type of reasoning is false on it’s face. If A then B, B therefore A, also known as affirming the consequent.

  5. exactlythewayitis
    July 12, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Respectable News Outlets?? Oh I get an Oxymoron… At least you have a sense of humor.

  6. Fred
    July 31, 2015 at 5:22 AM

    I believe channels like secureteam10 think they have to post a new clip that is PROOF of UFO’s every week, but are really just click bait. Instead of just posting the ones that really do have something unidentified in them to show the rest of us.

  7. Purrlie
    July 31, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    You Tube hoax sites that generate enough subscribers and views also generate revenue for the hoaxers. It’s as simple as that. Click bait is the motivation for these, and click bait is the motivation for the sites that link or refer to these hoaxed video sites (e.g., Mysterious Universe).

    “Serious” news outlets pick these up because they need local content (almost any empty story will suffice these days), there’s a 24-hour news cycle to fill and not enough real news to fill it, and they are so budget constrained there’s no staff to do even minimal investigation of many stories run (most stories are written directly from press releases with no fact checking).

    Besides, news isn’t “the news” anymore. It’s no longer a public service required by the FCC and is now entertainment. This bogus video fits inside the current news as entertainment tent.

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