Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Associated Press Twitter Account Hacked

Hackers took over the verified Twitter account of The Associated Press (@AP) today and posted 'an erroneous tweet' about an attack at the White House.
The tweet claimed that there had been two explosions that occurred at the White House and that President Obama had been injured during the attack. The hack of the Associated Press' twitter account was preceded by a phishing attempt of their corporate network.
The twitter account of the Associated Press has been suspended and currently AP is working on trying to correct the issue.
After the false tweet (confirmed false by White House spokesman Jay Carney moments after the tweet went out) was sent out, the Dow Industrial Average dropped close to 140 points. Those 'loses' were brief as the Down 'recovered' almost immediately.

The Syrian Electronic Army is taking credit for this hack, however their currently is no evidence to link them to the event. Over the weekend though, Twitter suspended the group's main account after they took responsibility for hacking "60 Minutes" and "48 hours".

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