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AP Twitter Account Hacked, Posts False Tweet About White House

April 23, 2013

By Paul Thomson :: 1:22 PM

AP Twitter account hacked.The Twitter account of the Associated Press (AP) was hacked this afternoon.

Hackers Tweeted the message, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured” at 1:07 Eastern time.

Other Associated Press Twitter accounts quickly noted that the Tweet was false and to disregard it.

No organization has claimed responsibility for the hack yet. It is not known if it is related to the hacking attempts over the weekend of various CBS media accounts, such as 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, or to the hacks on several FIFA accounts yesterday.

Below, a screenshot of the original Tweet. The AP’s Twitter account has been temporarily suspended by Twitter while the situation is sorted out.

False AP Tweet claims Obama injured