AP Twitter account hacked; No attack in DC

2:07 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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Twitter image from the AP.

(USA TODAY) - People are jumpy these days

Social media and the stock market went wild, briefly, when this (hacked) Associated Press tweet appeared around 1 p.m.: "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured."

The AP took down its account and quickly announced it had been hacked.

Rest assure, there's been no attack on the White House -- and aides say President Obama is busy at work.

"The president is fine," said spokesman Jay Carney. "I was just with him."

The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 128 points in seconds after the report. And it recovered just as quickly when the report was found to be false.

A statement from the wire service: "The AP twitter account has been hacked. A tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise on acct. status."


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