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A New York Times Twitter account got hacked and tweeted about a Russian missile launch


One of The New York Times' Twitter accounts was hacked Sunday morning and tweeted about a Russian missile launch that never actually happened.

The since-deleted tweets from @NYTvideo claimed news of the attack came from a "leaked statement" by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

More tweets claimed to be from OurMine, a hacking group that has hacked many prestigious accounts, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's @Jack, to advertise cybersecurity services, CNN reports.

The Times said it was investigating the situation.

One tweet read: ""Message from OurMine: We detected unusual activity on the account and we re-hacked it to make sure if the account is hacked or not." 

Another OurMine tweet claimed the hacker was the same person who spread a hoax that Britney Spears had died in December. 

@NYTVideo has 259,000 followers. 

The Hill captured how the tweets looked before they were deleted.

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