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The Associated Press has said its Twitter account has been hacked, after the posting of a bogus post about explosions at the White House.
The news agency's account was suspended and it has advised all tweets should be ignored until further notice.
The false message said: "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured."
US markets were spooked by the tweet; the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 150 points as it was retweeted.AP AP Twitter Account Hacked, Fake Tweet Falsely Described White House Explosions [bbc.co.uk]
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Just another reason that I do not like twitter.
That and it is ruining people's ability to write.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 4:02 pm (utc) on Apr 25, 2013]
They abbreviate incorrectly and misspell words to squeeze them into the character limit.
I really wish Twitter would implement two-step authentication, just like Google has done. Would stop a lot of accounts from being hacked...
#1 - Hacked is the wrong word here, trust is probably the right word in as the wrong person was trusted with the password or their computer was compromised and the password was obtained that way. Nobody directly hacked Twitter.
The best part was when all the naive people that took that news without any confirmation and started selling off stocks like crazy. I'm going to guess that some of them, looking for someone to blame other than their own selves, will possibly try to sue twitter to get their money back.
It's frightening to see just how fragile our economy is these days - and how gullible people have become.