The Associated Press has become one of many Twitter accounts that have been hijacked recently. The account was hacked Tuesday (April 23) with a claim of a White House attack and an injured President Obama.
“Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” read the message sent out to AP’s more than 1.8 million followers.
The news agency yanked the tweet and disabled the account, but the faux report immediately sent shock waves through the stock market. The Dow Jones dipped roughly 170 points, recovering quickly after the hoax was discovered.
A “Syrian Electronic Army” in support of President Bashar Assad’s controversial regime, claims to be behind the takeover. The group hacked NPR’s Twitter account last week tweeting, “We will not say why we attacked @NPR … They know the reason and that enough #SEA #Syria.”
Other news outlets whose Twitter accounts that have been hacked recently include the BBC, CBS, and 60 Minutes; the latter of which reported a false terrorist attack occurring while the president was “shamelessly in Bed with Al-Qaeda.”