REPORT: AP TWITTER ACCOUNT HACKED… Says Obama injured in White House explosion… DOW Tanks on Fake Tweet

AP Twitter account hacked; report of White House explosions false

LONDON — Hackers today compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press and sent out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House.

The tweet, which said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured, came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists.


Early Tuesday afternoon, the verified Twitter account of the Associated Press was hacked. The breaking news tweet (captured below) claimed President Obama had been injured due to “two explosions” in the White House.

The tweet went out to  the AP’s 1.9 million followers.

The AP account was quickly suspended and through the use of their verified corporate communications Twitter account, the AP stated that the tweet was “bogus.”


260,000 S&P 500 e-mini contracts traded in the three minutes following the fake AP Tweet. That is ~$20.4 Billion notional value ‘changed hands’. For those with trailing stops, our condolences…

the day – to get a sense of the scale of volume…

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