The Twitter accounts of the New York Post and United Press International were hacked Friday. Both companies tweeted that a war had broken out between the United States and China.
At 1 p.m. ET, the Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) accounts of both companies reported that the Chinese military had fired a missile on a U.S. warship, sparking a full-blown battle. They also claimed the U.S. Federal Reserve was to make an emergency announcement about interest rates.
Within minutes, The New York Post erased most of the messages on Twitter. UPI’s tweets, however, remained up.
Hackers have been known to hijack news organizations’ Twitter accounts to post fake news from time to time, as the Syrian Electronic Army has done to CNN and others. When Fox News’ Twitter feed was hacked in July 2011, the company tweeted that President Obama had been assassinated.
The New York Post confirmed via Twitter that its account had been hacked. UPI did not respond to a request for comment.
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