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New York - Stocks Briefly Drop, Recover, On Fake AP Bomb Tweet

Published on: April 23, 2013 01:26 PM
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A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, April 23, 2013.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, April 23, 2013.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York -  The stock market briefly dropped, then recovered, after the Associated Press’ Twitter account was hacked and a fake tweet about an attack on the White House was posted.

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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 released the following statement at 1:12 p.m.: “The (at)AP twitter account has been hacked. The tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise more as soon as possible.”

The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points after the fake Twitter posting, then quickly recovered.


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 Apr 23, 2013 at 03:48 PM Anonymous Says:

G-d has a special place called internet hell for every hacker. I pray it is a horrible place.

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 Apr 23, 2013 at 05:58 PM murray059 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

G-d has a special place called internet hell for every hacker. I pray it is a horrible place.

No. It just shows how fragile this market is. It is literally as if it is a house of cards, and the first breeze to come along will demolish it in short order.

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