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AP’s Hacked Twitter Account Affected More Than Just the Twittersphere

by Jane Susskind, published

AP's Hacked TwitterThe Associated Press' Twitter account is the latest victim of online hacking, with a tweet falsely reporting that two explosions hit the White House, reaching the accounts 2 million followers this afternoon.

The tweet has since been removed, but its impact was not contained to Twitter. The stock market took a blow after the tweet was sent, with the Dow Jones Industrial dropping more than 100 points in a matter of minutes.

Moments later, Press Secretary Jay Carney reported that "the president is fine, I was just with him," leading to a speedy recovery for the market.

The series of events is illustrated by the below screenshot, courtesy of Bloomberg:

AP's Hacked Twitter AccountThe Syrian Electronic Army, or SEA, has taken responsibility for the hacker attack, the same group responsible for this weekend's hacked @60minutes account, reports the LA Times.

Using Twitter as a tool of political resistance is not uncommon, but with Twitter hackings becoming the norm, how should Twitter respond?

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