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.
Our Twitter account was briefly hacked and we are investigating.— New York Post (@nypost) January 16, 2015
Our Twitter account was briefly hacked and we are investigating.— NY Post Business (@nypostbiz) January 16, 2015
"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:
UPI and New York Post Twitter feeds seem to have been hacked. Or we're at war with China Â¯\_(ã��)_/Â¯— Matt Wahnsiedler (@MattWahnsiedler) January 16, 2015
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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