AP pulls Twitter account after hackers claim White House attacked

Earlier this evening the Associated Press deactivated its Twitter account after a bogus tweet claimed there had been two explosions at the White House, injuring President Barack Obama. The “news” – and I’m using those quote marks on purpose – spread like a virus and within three minutes the US stock market plunged.Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 00.39.34

AP and the White House denied the tweets, with the AP saying in a statement their accounts had been hacked. Other news outlets including SBS News programmes, and NPR and BBC accounts have also been targeted in recent days, it seems by a radical Islamic group with ties to Syria.

Just one of the thousands of tweets about the story, from Sky News

It’s a lot more difficult of course to hi-jack the front page of a newspaper.

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