Hackers hit Associate Press' Twitter account

Erroneous message said White House had been attacked, Barak Obama injured

Published On: Apr 23 2013 01:53:19 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2013 03:23:30 PM EDT
LONDON, Mich. -

Hackers hit the main Twitter account of The Associated Press (@AP) on Tuesday, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House.

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.

Within minutes, AP’s corporate communications (@AP_CorpComm) and Stylebook (@APStylebook) clarified the situation: “That is a bogus @AP tweet.”

The AP said Tuesday that its Twitter account had been suspended following a hack and said it was working to correct the issue.

The cyberattack is the latest in a string targeting international media organizations.

The tweet put out by hackers briefly sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply lower.