It’s a scary world we’re living in, folks.
The Twitter account of the Associated Press was hacked Tuesday afternoon and quickly suspended; but not before the hackers tweeted a breaking news message that President Obama was injured in an explosion at the White House. News of the fake tweet quickly spread and is believed to have contributed to a short, and sharp, drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
AP Twitter Hacked + Reports of a terrorist attack = Dow Tanks. If that doesn’t scare you, nothing will.
The false tweet said there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama was injured. The attack on AP’s Twitter account and the AP Mobile Twitter account was preceded by phishing attempts on AP’s corporate network.
The AP confirmed that its Twitter account had been suspended following a hack and said it was working to correct the issue. The fake tweet went out shortly after 1 p.m.
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