WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- United Press International's website and Twitter account were hacked Friday afternoon, with someone attempting to publish false stories.
It started on Twitter, where six fake headlines were posted in about 10 minutes, starting about 1:20 p.m. Some of them were about the Federal Reserve; others contained a false report that the USS George Washington had been attacked.
Around the same time, editors noticed that a "breaking news" banner touting the Federal Reserve story was published to the UPI. com homepage.
UPI's technology support team quickly shut down access.
Similar posts were also posted on the Twitter account of The New York Post.