Hacked New York Times Twitter account warns of imminent Russian missile attack

The New York Times Video Twitter account appears to have been hacked — possibly twice — Sunday morning.

The @NYTvideo account tweeted “BREAKING: leaked statement from Vladimir Putin says: Russia will attack the United States with Missiles”.

The post was taken down by 10 a.m., but was soon replaced with statements from the hacker group OurMine claiming to have co-opted the Twitter account to say that the Putin message was posted by a different hacker. 

{mosads}OurMine is a group that operates as a protection racket, hacking Twitter accounts to promote a so-called security auditing service. They have hacked the accounts of a variety of celebrities and tech executives to promote their offerings. 

Though OurMine has acknowledged in the past when it hacks an account, it is unclear if OurMine’s claim the hacking came from a third party is true. 

Around 10:15, The New York Times Video account tweeted “We deleted a series of tweets published from this account earlier today without our authorization. We are investigating the situation.”

The news outlet does not appear to have thwarted OurMine, which immediately followed the post with its own post from the same account: “Message from OurMine to @nytvideo: contact us to tell you how to fix the issue”

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