DEVELOPING: AP Twitter Account Hacked, Posts False White House Scare
Fake Tweet sent from the AP twitter news account
NBCNEWS.COM - Following a hack attack by an unknown perpetrator on Tuesday, the Associated Press' verified Twitter account posted "an erroneous tweet" claiming that two explosions occurred in the White House and that President Barack Obama is injured. Moments later, the @AP Twitter account — with nearly 2 million followers — was suspended.
Immediately following the false tweet, the Dow Industrial Average lost about 140 points. These losses were immediately recovered.
"That's a bogus tweet," an AP spokesperson initially told NBC News, a statement that was repeated by the company's corporate communications account. "That's all I have for you right now." Though the initial tweet disappeared, the false message continued to exist on the service in over four thousand retweets.
Following the false @AP tweet, the Dow Industrial Average lost about 140 points. These losses were immediately recovered.
A wire statement issued later explained that the tweet "came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists."
NBC News has reached out to Twitter for additional comment.
Social media accounts associated with CBS News programs "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" were compromised on Saturday. It is not clear if Tuesday's hack attack is related to Saturday's.