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New York Post, UPI Twitter Accounts Hacked in Latest Bout of Cybervandalism

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"World War III has not begun, thankfully."

Image source: Twitter/@UPI

Twitter accounts belonging to the United Press International and the New York Post were hacked Friday afternoon.

Both news agencies sent erroneous tweets indicating that China had taken military action against the U.S.

The tweets were almost immediately deleted. The two outlets then confirmed what had just happened.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, responded to the false report that the USS George Washington, in fact, had not been struck by a Chinese missile, USA Today reported.

"I can assure you and everybody else that the USS George Washington is safe and sound in drydock," where it is getting needed maintenance. She has not been attacked by anybody," Kirby told USAToday.

Twitter users seemed skeptical from the beginning:

The cyberattacks came just minutes after President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron concluded a joint White House press conference during which they discussed a whole range of topics; among them, cybersecurity.

On Monday, U.S. Central Command's Twitter feed was hacked. The act of "cybervandalism," as the department of defense agency later called it, was just another wake up call following a slew of other cyberattacks on private-sector companies such as Sony and Microsoft.

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