Fake AP News Tweet Sends Dow Plunging
Hacked account falsely claims White House explosions
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2013 1:15 PM CDT
Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Hackers got their hands on AP's Twitter feed today and briefly sent blood pressures racing with an afternoon tweet that President Obama had been injured in a pair of White House explosions, reports the Huffington Post. The real AP tweeted minutes later that it was a hoax and suspended the account. Incredibly, the Dow had been up 130 points before the tweet and lost all of it within a minute, reports the Wall Street Journal. Then it bounced right back to where it was when the hoax was revealed. No official word yet on who's behind the hack, though TMZ says it's the same group that has been "swatting" celebs with phony 911 calls.

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K.KRANK
Apr 23, 2013 7:10 PM CDT
Too funny :) I heard this on the radio news today I was laughing :) Last week CBS & the "60 Minutes" & "48 Hours" Twitter accounts, today AP's lol Hey peons being paid by big media companies to operate those Twitter accounts: Don't use passwords like "password" or "abcde12345" or "admin" when you set up the passwords lol cracker programs bust those passwords in seconds with modern computer hardware lol first thing is, use a real operating system & then do something like this serverfault.com/questions/330069/how-to-create-an-sha-512-hashed-password-for-shadow & script-kiddies & cracker-attackers will leave your accounts alone when they realize it will take their systems weeks to crack your passwords lol
dmauk
Apr 23, 2013 3:56 PM CDT
Great, wait till the terrorists come to grips with this one. They won't even need to blow a bomb, or hit Wall Street. Just send a tweet of some sort, and the DOW wipes out 50% of it's worth in a few minutes, killing every one of our savings for retirement and they don't even have to risk anything. Shows the stupidity of the ones on the trading floor, who follow a stupid tweet rather then confirming it. Jerks. Everyone who sold out, should have their trading license revoked.
Fondue
Apr 23, 2013 2:42 PM CDT
And our awesome Congress repealed the insider trading ban on themselves just last week. Hello!