WSJ's Facebook Page Hacked With Fake Air Force One News

Editor in Chief Gerard Baker (L) and News Corp CEO Robert Thomson celebrated the 125th anniversary of The Wall Street Journal on July 8.

A false report about the loss of Air Force One was posted to The Wall Street Journal's Facebook page early Sunday morning. The newspaper later said its page had been "compromised."
The WSJ deleted the fake posts, but not before several users captured screenshots of the apparent hacking:


The newspaper then posted a message saying it was "looking into" the situation:
"We acted quickly to remove erroneous material and have secured the account," a WSJspokeswoman said later on Sunday morning.
The incident echoed the hacking of the Associated Press' Twitter feed last year, when a false report of explosions at the White House was posted. That fake information was also quickly debunked. However, the AP episode occurred in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, so the tweet was widely seen and the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly plunged before recovering. Since the WSJ hack happened overnight on a weekend, its impact will likely be more limited.
Representatives for the Secret Service, which would likely investigate this incident because of the nature of the posts, could not be reached Sunday morning.
President Barack Obama was spending the weekend at Camp David, far from the Russian airspace mentioned in the fake message.

The false report on the WSJ's Facebook page comes just days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the Russian border in Ukraine on Thursday.

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