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Yahoo News Hacked: Tweet Claims 145-Person EBOLA Outbreak in Atlanta

by Chris Joyner, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

It was the kind of news to make Atlantans’ blood run cold — for a second at least.

BREAKING: EBOLA OUTBREAK IN ATLANTA!” screamed the first line from Yahoo! News’ Twitter feed. “Estimated 145 people infected so far since Doctors carrying the disease were flown in from Africa.

The tweet went out at 4:41 p.m. Sunday and disappeared about 20 minutes later, but not before it was retweeted hundreds of times. Few of those commenting on the tweet appeared to believe it, chalking it up to a more common ailment — the dreaded Twitter hack.

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