AP Twitter feed hacked – tweet phony assault on the White House

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Insurgents pose on White House lawn

Hackers took control of the Associated Press Twitter account on Tuesday and sent a false tweet of two explosions in the White House that briefly sent U.S. financial markets reeling.

In the latest high-profile hacking incident involving social media service Twitter, an official @AP account reported that two explosions at the White House injured President Barack Obama.

AP spokesman Paul Colford quickly confirmed the tweet was “bogus,” but within 3 minutes of the tweet hitting the Web, virtually all U.S. markets took a plunge on the false news in what one trader described as “pure chaos…”

Markets quickly recovered their losses after the tweet was knocked down. Some traders blamed automatic electronic trading for the sharp fall and bounce back…

A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army, which is supportive of that country’s leader, President Bashar al-Assad, during the two-year civil war, on Tuesday claimed responsibility on its own Twitter feed for the AP hack…

Woo-Hoo! Script kiddie political activism strikes again – achieving nothing more than a 3-minute orgasm in someone’s basement. No doubt they returned to WOW – and will join an online meetup after midnight in some cobwebby corner of internet grunge to plot the next international “attack”.

Another incident which will change nothing in the lives of Syrian citizens brutalized by civil war.

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