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Associated Press Twitter Account Hack Sends Dow Plunging Briefly

A screengrab of the hacked Associated Press tweet on April 23, 2013. (credit: CBSNewYork)

A screengrab of the hacked Associated Press tweet on April 23, 2013. (credit: CBSNewYork)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –  The Associated Press is the latest media organization to have its Twitter account hacked.

The hackers sent out a bogus tweet Tuesday afternoon about a non-existent attack on the White House.

The false report prompted a sharp sell-off on Wall Street.

At 1:07 p.m., the Dow was at 14,698. Then came the tweet. By 1:10 p.m., the Dow was at 14,555.

https://twitter.com/AP/status/326744234273161216

The tweet said there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured.

The tweet came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists.

By 1:18 p.m., the market had recovered.

The AP said its Twitter account had been suspended after the hack and said it was working to correct the issue.

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

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