Cybersecurity

Hacked Yahoo News Tweet Reports Atlanta Ebola Outbreak

An official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exits the agency's Emergency Operations Center.

An official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exits the agency's Emergency Operations Center. // David Goldman/AP

A prominent publication’s Twitter feed announced Sunday afternoon the Ebola disease had spread beyond an Atlanta hospital where two infected Americans are quarantined, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“BREAKING: EBOLA OUTBREAK IN ATLANTA!” a Yahoo News tweet blared. “Estimated 145 people infected so far since Doctors carrying the disease were flown in from Africa.”

Few of the hundreds of people who retweeted the message seemed to take it seriously.

“WTF,” one commenter replied. “Change your password.”

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