The official Yahoo News Twitter profile (@YahooNews) was allegedly “hacked” * on Sunday night, with the account then used to send a chilling tweet about the Ebola virus.
Around 5pm ET on August 10th, @YahooNews sent the following tweet to its more than 800,000 followers.
“BREAKING: EBOLA OUTBREAK IN ATLANTA! Estimated 145 people infected so far since Doctors carrying the disease were flown in from Africa.”
The message was quickly deleted, with a follow-up tweet immediately dispatched.
Earlier, an unauthorized tweet with misinformation on Ebola was sent from this account; please disregard that tweet.
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) August 10, 2014
“Earlier, an unauthorized tweet with misinformation on Ebola was sent from this account; please disregard that tweet.”
Yahoo is investigating the incident with the help of Twitter.
* I put “hacked” in quotes as this feels more like an inside job to me – a disgruntled employee, perhaps. Why? Because Yahoo responded way too quickly for their account to have been properly jeopardised. “Hacked” has become the catch-all for any technical exploit nowadays, but it’s so often misused. As Morrissey once said, heavy words are so lightly thrown. I’d be surprised if we ever find out what really happened here.
(Yahoo! image via Shutterstock.)