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AP Twitter hack attempts Obama injury hoax

(Source: Facebook) (Source: Facebook)
Within two minutes the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped around 133 points. (Source: Google Finance) Within two minutes the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped around 133 points. (Source: Google Finance)

(RNN) - The Associated Press verified Twitter account was hacked Tuesday and sent out a tweet that there were two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured.

Minutes after the erroneous information went out, the AP Twitter account had been suspended. A notice was issued on the news organization's Facebook page that the Twitter feed had been hacked.

The White House reported there was no explosion and the president is fine.

AP later released the following statement on it's Facebook page:

Hackers have compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press, sending 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. The AP said Tuesday that its Twitter account had been suspended following a hack and said it was working to correct the issue. The cyberattack is the latest in a string targeting international media organizations. The tweet put out by hackers briefly sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply lower.

In addition to the main AP Twitter account being hacked, AP's mobile Twitter account has also been hacked. That account as also been suspended.

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