Navy: China has not attacked U.S. aircraft carrier

By Jeff Schogol, Staff Writer

The aircraft carrier George Washington has not been attacked, and World War III has not begun, despite what tweets from United Press International say, the Navy has confirmed.

The carrier is in port, not in the South China Sea, the Navy told Military Times on Friday.

UPI issued a statement on Friday saying its Twitter account and website had been hacked on Friday afternoon.

“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.”

Editors learned of the hacking when they noticed a “breaking news” banner for a false story about the Federal Reserve, the statement said. UPI’s technology team was able tor regain control of the Twitter account.

The tweets were deleted from UPI’s Twitter feed about 2 p.m. on Friday.

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