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Associated Press Twitter account hacked, stocks briefly drop
Stand down. An Associated Press tweet about explosions at the White House was the work of a hacker. AP writer Sam Hananel was quick to alert followers to the hack:
Please Ignore AP Tweet on explosions, we’ve been hacked.
— Sam Hananel (@SamHananelAP) April 23, 2013
The Associated Press quickly issued their official statement at 1:12 p.m.:
The (at)AP twitter account has been hacked. The tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise more as soon as possible.
Twitter almost immediately suspended the account – much quicker than when Burger King and several other major brands were hacked earlier this year.
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 23, 2013
Despite the quick reaction, the fake tweet was enough to cause the stock market to briefly drop. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points after the fake Twitter posting, then quickly recovered.
UPDATE 4:20pm – more from the Associated Press:
AP spokesman Paul Colford said the news cooperative is working with Twitter to investigate the issue. The AP has disabled its other Twitter accounts following the attack, Colford added.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the President is fine. “I was just with him,” Carney said at a news briefing.
A representative for Twitter did not immediately return messages for comment.