Syrian Hackers Send Fake Tweet From AP Account Announcing White House Attack

Did you see the tweet that came from the Associated Press Twitter account earlier today?

The tweet claimed The White House was under an attack of some sort and that the President Obama was injured. Coming so soon after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, many folks believed it and retweeted it.

Some hacks are funny, like when Burger King got hacked – or they’re mostly harmless razzing, but this one could’ve caused widespread panic  – and it DID cause a change in the stock market.


And All Things D reports U.S. stocks tanked momentarily because of it. “U.S. stocks on the S&P 500 dove briefly on the news by an average of about 13 points, before sharply recovering to roughly where they were before.” Yikes.

Who would do such a thing? The “Syrian Electronic Army” apparently:

For now, the AP has temporarily suspended all of its Twitter accounts:

And released this statement:

So we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

This whole thing just goes to show you shouldn’t take everything you see on Twitter as 100% true the first instant you read it (though we all still will).

And is YOUR password secure? Might want to add a few more number/letter/symbols to it just to be on the safe side. Hopefully this hasn’t moved us one step closer to a two-step verification process, but maybe that’s necessary?

HT @OhMyJet and @AskAaronLee 

(Hacker image from Shutterstock)

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.