Twitter Trouble: Hacked NYT Tweet Claims Russia Will Attack US With Missiles
Hacked Tweet Claims Russia Will Attack U.S.
Monday morning a tweet that was sent out from the New York Times had many panicking after claiming Russia was launching a missile attack against the United States. The newspaper is investigating the situation.
The gaffe affected the NYT’s video account, @nytvideo, which tweeted out the hoax on Sunday at around 9:40am ET, citing a “leaked statement” from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Though the alarming tweet was quickly deleted, others followed that were claimed by the hacker group OurMine, which has previously taken responsibility for hijacking a number of high-profile accounts on social media.
Our Mine said it had “re-hacked” the account in order to stem the spread of misinformation after noticing that it had been broken into by a third party. Their messages were eventually deleted too.
The newspaper later confirmed that it had deleted a number of tweets published by @nytvideo “without authorization,” saying it was investigating the situation without elaborating.
We deleted a series of tweets published from this account earlier today without our authorization. We are investigating the situation.
— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) January 22, 2017