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Hackers Post Fake White House Explosion

A panic-inducing tweet from the AP Tuesday: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” sent the Twitterverse into a tailspin. Luckily, within minutes, multiple sources—including Twitter—had confirmed that the Associated Press's account had (as suspected) been hacked. Still, the tweet was enough to spread fear across the nation, as indicated by a sharp 145-point drop in the Dow (which quickly returned to where it was before the scare). While the AP’s Twitter account has been temporarily suspended, the team has confirmed the hack on their Facebook page. Phew.

April 23, 2013 1:09 PM