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.READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Accuses Gov. Cuomo And MTA Of 'Fear Mongering,' Insists Subways Are Safe
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.
The tweet said there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured.READ MORE: COVID Restrictions: New York City Restaurants Can Increase Capacity, New Jersey Raises Gathering Limits
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.MORE NEWS: NYC Parks Employee Slashed Across Face And Chest On The Job In The Bronx
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