Advisory: @ap Twitter account has been hacked. Tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise more as soon as possible.
— AP CorpComm (@AP_CorpComm) April 23, 2013
The Associated Press just got their Twitter account hacked, and the damage might have been done to your 401k. A tweet sent out from the account earlier this afternoon brought the thankfully fake news of a bombing at the White House in which the President was injured. Though the story was a fake, the repercussions of it are quite real, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average taking a 100 point hit in the moments following the fake tweet.
AP has disowned the tweet and suspended the offending account, and staffers are keeping us appraised of the situation as it develops in the only way anyone watches stories develop anymore — on Twitter, duh.
The @ap hack came less than an hour after some of us received an impressively disguised phishing email.
— Mike Baker (@MikeBakerAP) April 23, 2013
Obviously we’ll have more on this story as things become more clear. Stay tuned
UPDATE 2:12PM EDT: The Dow’s already mostly rebounded from the brief scare.
(via The Verge)
- This tiny drone can hack into phones on the fly
- News sites be getting hacked like all the time
- This is way, way less funny than when Burger King’s Twitter got hacked