Hijacking The News: How Hackers Are Manipulating The Press From The Inside Out

By: Adrianne Jeffries | The Verge

In May of last year, PBS reported online that “prominent rapper Tupac has been found alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand.” The U.K.-based The Sun devoted its front page in July to a report that media mogul Rupert Murdoch had died from a suicidal drug overdose. The same month, Fox News Politics tweeted that President Barack Obama had been assassinated; not long after, NBC News’s Twitter account reported that two flights had been hijacked and were headed for Ground Zero. These morbid stories were all fake, of course, planted by mischievous hackers seeking infamy and amusement.

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