The brand new York Times will be investigating an apparent hack of one of its Twitter accounts which happened Sunday morning.
The newspaper’s video account, @nytvideo, tweeted around 9:40 a.m. ET a hoax about a missile attack through Russia against the United States.
The message attributed news about the “missile attack” to a “leaked statement” through Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Times’ video account has more than 250,000 followers on the platform.
which tweet was quickly deleted. nevertheless subsequent tweets soon popped up claiming to be through OurMine, a group which has hacked high-profile social media accounts, including which of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, to advertise security services.
“Message through OurMine: We detected unusual activity on the account in addition to we re-hacked the item to make sure if the account will be hacked or not,” read one tweet posted to the @nytvideo account Sunday.
A second OurMine tweet claimed the account was compromised by whoever hijacked Sony Music’s Twitter account last month to tweet a hoax about Britney Spears’ death.
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The messages purporting to be through OurMine were also deleted. The Times account later tweeted which the item deleted a series of tweets published through the account “without our authorization.”
“We are investigating the situation,” which tweet read.
Asked for comment, a Times spokeswoman referred sy88pgw to which tweet.
sy88pgw (brand new York) First published January 22, 2017: 12:16 PM ET