AP Twitter accounts hacked, tweets of explosion in White House

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The Associated Press suspended two of its Twitter accounts Tuesday after being hacked. A tweet sent from the @AP account claimed an explosion happened at the White House and that President Obama had been injured.

The AP suspended that account almost immediately, but not before the tweet was retweeted from more than 4,500 accounts.

The tweet read: “Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.”

aptweetA message was sent over the AP’s wire service within minutes of the tweet, saying their Twitter account had been hacked and that the tweet was false.

Still, in the short time the tweet lived online, markets plunged. The Dow Jones Industrial Average went from around 14,700 to 14,566. Once news broke that the tweet was fake, the market recovered.

A second AP account, @APMobile was also hacked on Tuesday and was subsequently suspended as well.

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