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Hacked UPI And New York Post Twitter Accounts Announce Fake U.S. War With China

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the Department of Defense said that the reports were not true.

Last updated on January 16, 2015, at 1:59 p.m. ET

Posted on January 16, 2015, at 1:39 p.m. ET

The Twitter accounts of the New York Post and wire service United Press International were hacked Friday, reporting that a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier was engaged in active combat with Chinese vessels.

UPI used another account to announce the hack, and a Post Sunday business editor said its account was hacked.

Some @Twitter accounts for @UPI have been hacked. We are urgently working to resolve this issue with @Support

UPI US News@UPIusnewsFollow

Some @Twitter accounts for @UPI have been hacked. We are urgently working to resolve this issue with @Support

1:43 PM - 16 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Our Twitter feed has been hacked. #nyp

The tweets from both accounts used the same language.

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The Post's tweet was taken down soon after it was posted.

Twitter: @nypost / Via This tweet has been deleted

UPI's tweets are still visible and the account is posting updates.

A spokesperson for the Department of Defense told BuzzFeed News that the report "was not true."

http://U.S. Navy MCSN Brendan Morgan

A spokesperson for the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee added:

Give the hackers this much credit, the George Washington is our permanent Pacific based carrier. They at least did their homework.

John Noonan@noonanjoFollow

Give the hackers this much credit, the George Washington is our permanent Pacific based carrier. They at least did their homework.

1:48 PM - 16 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

BuzzFeed News has reached out to UPI and the New York Post for comment.

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