AP spokesman says tweet about White House explosions was 'bogus'

AP and Ahram Online, Tuesday 23 Apr 2013

Associated Press twitter account hacked sending, erroneous tweet about terrorist attack at White House

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.White House press secretary Jay Carney addressed the tweet Tuesday during the White House press briefing after hearing confirmation of the account's hacking from AP's chief White House correspondent Julie Pace.

"It appears as though AP's Twitter account has been attacked, so anything that was just sent out ... is obviously false," Pace said before asking her first question at Carney's daily briefing.

"I appreciate that," Carney told Pace. "And I can say that the president is fine, I was just with him."

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