Some Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI, as well as the news agency’s website, were briefly hacked Friday.
Tweets with false economic and military news were posted and then deleted.
One tweet on United Press International’s feed said that the Pope said World War III had begun. Another on the New York Post’s business section Twitter feed said that Bank of America’s CEO was calling for calm after a Federal Reserve decision.
The hack is being investigated, said Jenny Tartikoff, a spokeswoman for the Post. The New York newspaper is owned by News Corp.
In a statement posted to its website, UPI, based in Washington, said its Twitter account and website were hacked. Six fake headlines were posted to its Twitter account, and a “breaking news” banner with a fake story about the Federal Reserve was posted to its home page until UPI’s technology support team shut down access.
This is just the latest hack of a high-profile social-media account. The social-media accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command were compromised last week by hackers claiming to support the Islamic State militant group, and Crayola apologized for a hack of its social-media page that filled it with off-color content. During a 2013 hack, Burger King’s Twitter feed posted off-color comments and put up McDonald’s logo as its profile picture.
More dangerous intrusions of companies and organizations are also on the rise. Just since fall 2013, hackers have compromised the computer networks of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Target, Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase and gained access to confidential information about customers or employees. The hacks have exposed the lack of uniform practices for dealing with breaches.
The White House is pushing for new cybersecurity legislation that increases the sharing of information between U.S. agencies and the private sector and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats.