After a quick breach in online security measures, the Associated Press’ Twitter account posted false reports of two explosions and that President Obama had been injured.
The message on Twitter read, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured”. As you can imagine, this sent a flurry of reporters, readers and citizens into a frenzy of online searches trying to get the details on the assumed attacks. Since the attack, the Twitter account for the Associated Press has been suspended and did recover quickly from the hack. Many people took the message as a hack right away, informed the AP themselves and aided in the quick recovery of the account. The AP stated on Twitter, “All: The main @AP Twitter account has been hacked, The tweets coming out of there are false. We are working to correct the problem.”
The Facebook account of the AP was also compromised, the team at the AP stated, “please do not respond to news posted there in the last 20 minutes.” There is no news on who was behind the hacked account.
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