The newspaper’s Sunday business editor tweeted “Our Twitter feed has been hacked.” The company then sent a statement that said, “Some New York Post Twitter accounts were briefly hacked and the matter is being investigated.” Twitter said in a statement that it doesn’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.
One tweet said “#BREAKING: Chinese anti-ship missile fired at USS George Washington.” Another tweet said: “BREAKING: Federal Reserve head Yellen announces bail-in in emergency meeting, rumored negative rate to be set at 4pm EST today.”
The tweets were being deleted within minutes of being posted, and the account @nypost account seems to be back to normal.
The attack is the latest in a growing number of hacking incidents affecting government networks, websites and social-media outlets. The hackers likely used malware to gain access to the Post’s Twitter user name and password, allowing them to sign into the account and send fake tweets.
Earlier this week, the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. Central Command were compromised with messages supporting Islamic State, in a hacking attack the Pentagon dismissed as a prank. A 2013 attack of the Twitter account of the Associated Press featuring an erroneous posting about explosions at the White House triggered a stock-market decline.
That incident prompted Twitter to bolster its security by offering a two-step authentication process, making it harder for outsiders to gain access to an account. In addition to a password, the security measure requires a code sent via text message to a user’s mobile phone, or generated on a device or software.
United Press International’s Twitter account was also hacked Friday with posts including “Pope: ‘World War III has begun.’”
It was unclear if the New York Post and UPI use the two-step authentication process for their accounts.