The Twitter accounts of the New York Post and Press International (UPI) has fallen victim to hackers with fake tweets on economic and military news posted on it.
For instance, on one of the posts, the Pope was quoted as saying that the “World War III has begun”. the fake stories continued; that hostilities had broken out between the US and China.
This is the latest hack of a high-profile social media account, just four days after US military was compromised.
UPI, which is based in Washington, confirmed in a statement that both its Twitter account and news website had been hacked.
According to the statement, several fake headlines were posted on the account, with news banners and story about the Federal Reserve on the site’s homepage.
A tweet on the New York Post’s account said the USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier, was “engaged in active combat” against Chinese warships in the South China Sea.
A Pentagon official said the tweet about hostilities with China was “not true”, AFP reports. The tweets have all since been deleted.
The New York Post says it is investigating the hack. It comes just days after US President Barack Obama unveiled proposals to strengthen cyber security laws after a spate of attacks on high-profile US targets, including the Pentagon Twitter feed and Sony Pictures.
The Twitter account of the US military command was suspended last Monday following an attack by hackers claiming to support Islamic State.
In November hackers also released reams of confidential data stolen from Sony Pictures, and in recent years cyber criminals have attacked other US companies such as Home Depot and Target.
A number of media organizations, including AFP and the BBC, have also been subjected to cyber attacks over the past two years