Twitter user @ComfortablySmug apologizes for Sandy hoax

Superstorm Sandy Twitter hoax uncovered During superstorm Sandy, Twitter user @ComfortablySmug spread misinformation about the storm in New York City, including rumors that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was trapped in Manhattan and that the New York Stock Exchange was flooded. It was discovered by BuzzFeed that 29-year-old hedge fund analyst Shashank Tripathi was behind the tweets. Tripathi later apologized for making a series of "irresponsible and inaccurate tweets." Twitter/ComfortablySmug

As Superstorm Sandy was pummeling the U.S. East Coast Monday night, people were sending real-time updates through social media sites, giving observers around the world a window into the chaos. But one man sent out several false breaking news alerts that perpetuated a ripple effect of misinformation.

Twitter user @ComfortablySmug sent out inaccurate tweets of events on the ground in New York City Monday night. But the one that got the most attention was a claim that the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange was under more than 3 feet of water. The claims may not have been initiated by @ComfortablySmug, but the report was re-tweeted several hundred times.

BuzzFeed has reported the identity of @ComfortablySmug as 29-year-old hedge fund analyst Shashank Tripathi.

According to BuzzFeed, Tripathi penned several comments on NYMag.com, and even wrote a candid sex diary entry on the website under the same Twitter handle.

Tripathi was also the campaign manager for Christopher R. Wight, a Republican candidate for New York's 12th Congressional District.

In a tweet posted to his Twitter followers Wednesday, Tripathi apologized for making a series of "irresponsible and inaccurate tweets." He also reported that he has resigned from Wight's campaign.

Read Tripathi's tweets below.

Tripathi has not sent out a tweet since.

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