AP Twitter Account Hacked, Tweet About Obama Shakes Market
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
For a very brief moment today, some people thought that terrorists had struck the U.S. again. That's because of this tweet from the Associated Press. It read, breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured. It was false. The AP's Twitter account had been hacked.
AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:
But that single tweet sent Wall Street tumbling. The Dow Jones fell more than 150 points before recovering after it was revealed that the tweet was a fake. A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army is claiming responsibility for the hack as well as recent hacks at CBS's "60 Minutes," the BBC and here at NPR. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.