NY Times Twitter account breached, repaired

NY Times Twitter account breached, repaired

This file photo taken on April 28, 2016 shows the sign on the west side of the New York Times building at 620 Eighth Ave.in New York.

NY Times Twitter account breached, repaired

A hacked video Twitter account on Jan. 22, 2017 resulted in the New York Times sending a tweet saying the incident was under investigation.

The Twitter account was one of the Times' smaller ones, with about 250,000 followers and was used mostly to post videos and so did not appear to create widespread concern.

Hacks of social media accounts are an ongoing worry for media organizations given the speed at which false information can spread, potentially causing financial or political turmoil.

Twitter accounts are notoriously easy to break into and several news organizations have had their accounts compromised. The news service Reuters was hacked by Syrian activists in 2013, the same year an Associated Press Twitter account was hacked and a message sent that President Barack Obama had been injured after a bombing at the White House.

The AP account hack briefly caused world financial markets to dip. The Dow Jones plunged 145 points in two minutes and the S&P 500 index fell by 1%.



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