CNN’s Political Ticker Hacked, Fake Bitcoin Operator Story Published

A hacker stole a user's credentials for a third-party publishing platform

By on July 1st, 2013 07:44 GMT

CNN’s Political Ticker blog was hacked last week. The hacker published a bogus story entitled “Anonymous Bitcoin operator Btc-e.com goes out of business.”

The fake story has been removed by CNN, but a Google cache shows that the bogus article appeared to be written by CNN's Melissa Gray and Dan Lothian.

“On Friday, June 22th, the Supreme Court of California issued a ruling on winding up of Btc-e Co., according to media reports. Under the lawsuit, the company is not a member of any professional association or self-regulating organization (SRO), as required by U.S. law,” the article read.

It’s uncertain who is behind the breach, but CNN representatives have told Mediabistro that the incident occurred after a user’s credentials for a third-party publishing platform had been compromised.

“We have corrected the issue and are working with the vendor to ensure the platform’s security,” CNN representatives said.
Fake story published on CNN's Political Ticker (click to see full)
   Fake story published on CNN's Political Ticker (click to see full)
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