The New York Times is investigating the hack of its Twitter video account (@nytvideo) that was used to post a fake news on Sunday morning.
@nytvideo is the newspaper is the New York Times video account and has more than 250,000 followers on the platform.
Yesterday around 9:40 a.m. ET the Twitter account shared a fake news about a missile attack from Russia against the United States. The message about the “missile attack” quoted a “leaked statement” from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
That fake news was quickly deleted, while other tweets were claiming the involvement of the dreaded OurMine hacker group. The group, who hacked the Netflix US Twitter account (@Netflix) in December to promote its website and hacking services, is known for its attacks against high-profile Twitter accounts. The list of victims is very long and includes Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, David Guetta Daniel Ek, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the CEO and founder of Spotify, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and many others.
One of the messages shared by OurMine confirmed that the group is responsible for the hijacking of the Sony Music’s Twitter account occurred last month when the hackers tweet a hoax about Britney Spears’ death.
Below the messages shared by the group:
“Message from OurMine: We detected unusual activity on the account and we re-hacked it to make sure if the account is hacked or not,” read one tweet posted to the @nytvideo account Sunday.
All the messages were deleted by IT staff at The York Times, the account also posted a message to confirm that a series of tweets published from the account “without our authorization” were removed.
We deleted a series of tweets published from this account earlier today without our authorization. We are investigating the situation.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.