The AP’s Twitter Account Has Been Hacked, The White House Did Not Blow Up

The giveaway: no AP style. The fake tweet comes just days after hackers targeted the 60 Minutes and 48 Hours accounts.

1. This tweet from the Associated Press caused some alarm Tuesday, just a week after the Boston Marathon bombings.

2. But right away, it was pretty clear the news was fake.


from here in the WH basement, this acct seems hacked RT @AP: Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured— E McMorris-Santoro

4. The @AP account was suspended within a few minutes.

5. And then this happened.


Here’s the #Dow in the 3min following the erroneous @AP tweet re: White House explosions. http://t.co/OZRA6CyhO3— Kayla Tausche

6. Other Associated Press accounts tried to do damage control…

That is a bogus @AP tweet.

— AP CorpComm (@AP_CorpComm)

That is a bogus @AP tweet.— AP CorpComm

The (at)AP twitter account has been hacked. A tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise on acct. status.

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook)

The (at)AP twitter account has been hacked. A tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise on acct. status.— AP Stylebook

8. But everyone made the same joke anyway.

Did you hack AP? AP would like to talk to you for a story.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

Did you hack AP? AP would like to talk to you for a story.— Andrew Kaczynski

have you hacked the AP twitter feed? AP would like to speak to you....

— Tim Dickinson (@7im)

have you hacked the AP twitter feed? AP would like to speak to you….— Tim Dickinson

Did you hack the Associated Press' Twitter account? @AP would like to speak with you for a story.

— Jordan Fifer (@JordanFifer)

Did you hack the Associated Press’ Twitter account? @AP would like to speak with you for a story.— Jordan Fifer

Did you just hack @AP's Twitter account? The @AP would like to hear from you!

— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler)

Did you just hack @AP’s Twitter account? The @AP would like to hear from you!— Brian Beutler

Do you know how to change your Twitter password? The @AP would like to speak with you for a story. Yeah, "a story," that's it.

— delrayser (@delrayser)

Do you know how to change your Twitter password? The @AP would like to speak with you for a story. Yeah, “a story,” that’s it.— delrayser

Did you hack AP? AP would like to talk to you for a story.

— Carly O'Shaughnessy (@carly_oshag)

Did you hack AP? AP would like to talk to you for a story.— Carly O’Shaughnessy

Has your twitter account been hacked? @AP would like to talk to you about making repetitive jokes.

— Ross Neumann (@rossneumann)

Has your twitter account been hacked? @AP would like to talk to you about making repetitive jokes.— Ross Neumann

(H/T to Dan Amira for some of the last few tweets.)

16. UPDATE: Could this be what led to the hacking?

The @AP hack came less than an hour after some of us received an impressively disguised phishing email.

— Mike Baker (@MikeBakerAP)

The @AP hack came less than an hour after some of us received an impressively disguised phishing email.— Mike Baker

17. UPDATE 2: The “Syrian Electronic Army” has taken credit for the hack.

Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama http://t.co/HTKoO6gIL6

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA6)

Ops! @AP get owned by Syrian Electronic Army! #SEA #Syria #ByeByeObama http://t.co/HTKoO6gIL6— SyrianElectronicArmy

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